\ ˈstən How to pronounce stun (audio) \
stunned; stunning

Definition of stun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make senseless, groggy, or dizzy by or as if by a blow : daze
2 : to shock with noise
3 : to overcome especially with paralyzing astonishment or disbelief



Definition of stun (Entry 2 of 2)

: the effect of something that stuns : shock

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Synonyms for stun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of stun in a Sentence

Verb The angry criticism stunned them. His old friends were stunned at his success. She sat in stunned disbelief. There was a stunned expression on her face. weapons that can stun people temporarily
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Miami wins, the Ravens would need either the New York Jets to stun Cleveland (9-4) or, more likely, the Pittsburgh Steelers to knock off the Colts (10-4). Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens’ blowout win over Jaguars shows power they can wield — and how much is still out of their control," 20 Dec. 2020 Defending champion Thompson – without starting quarterback and Mr. Football contender Conner Harrell and without the ball – scored 10 points in the final 18 seconds to stun Auburn 29-28. Ben Thomas |, al, "Top Super 7 Memories: COVID-19 protocols, unbelievable rally bring wild 2020 to a close," 9 Dec. 2020 Seattle scored three times in the final 15 minutes of regulation and stoppage time to stun Minnesota and claim a spot in the league championship game for the fourth time in five seasons. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, "Sounders score twice late, stun Minnesota United 3-2," 8 Dec. 2020 While the 50-acre botanical oasis of Leu Gardens can dazzle visitors on a daily basis with its wide array of flora and fauna, a new light-up event is sure to stun nighttime guests this holiday season. Patrick Connolly,, "Dazzling Nights lights up Leu Gardens beginning Dec. 1," 24 Nov. 2020 Iowa, another consensus top-10 team, overcame a 12-point deficit in the final seven minutes to stun UW, 68-62, last season in Iowa City. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's Big Ten basketball schedule includes three of the final four games on the road," 18 Nov. 2020 Shea finished seventh in 18 minutes, 9.26 seconds in the Class 3A Normal Community Sectional at Maxwell Park, helping the Porters stun heavily favored Yorkville to win their first team sectional championship since 2013. Steve Millar,, "Shea’s stadium: Sophomore Kayla Shea takes 7th to lead the way as Lockport stuns heavily favored Yorkville for sectional title," 31 Oct. 2020 Down 2-1, the Tigers scored twice in the final 106 seconds to stun North Oldham 3-2 on a chilly evening at South Oldham. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "St. X scores twice in final 2 minutes to stun North Oldham in state soccer quarterfinal," 27 Oct. 2020 The Wildcats dominated No. 4 MSU in the paint, attacking the basket and getting a career-high 30 points from guard Boo Buie and 15 points and 12 rebounds from forward Pete Nance to stun the Spartans, 79-65, in the conference opener for both teams. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball stunned by Northwestern in Big Ten opener, 79-65," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eventually, the company diversified to include pepper sprays, fire extinguishers, personal alarms, stun guns, and bear sprays. Outdoor Life, "Best Bear Spray: Five Things to Consider," 5 Jan. 2021 Lettieri said the officers have sensors on their holsters, stun guns and rifle racks, so if an officer reaches for a weapon, the sensor signals to any body camera within a 50 foot radius and automatically activates them. Anna Kim,, "Northlake police launching body-worn cameras, expect all officers to wear them," 29 Dec. 2020 Police used stun guns in two of the fatal encounters. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA clears law enforcement officers of wrongdoing in four in-custody deaths, notes meth as a factor in each," 18 Dec. 2020 Police responded with tear gas and stun grenades and deployed a water cannon to disperse protesters around the Place de la Bastille. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Demonstrators across France protest proposed security law," 29 Nov. 2020 Police used stun grenades, tear gas, and truncheons to disperse the rallies and detained thousands, beating many of them brutally. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Legacy of socialism? State violence continues in Belarus," 19 Nov. 2020 The officers who responded did not have Taser stun devices. NBC News, "Philadelphia expects to release police body camera video in Wallace death next week," 30 Oct. 2020 Brooks was shot while running away after grabbing one of the officer's Taser stun devices. CBS News, "Atlanta mayor orders changes to police use-of-force policy, calls Rayshard Brooks shooting "murder"," 16 June 2020 Howell and Copeland both used stun guns on him, the opinion says. NBC News, "Georgia court sets aside immunity ruling for 3 deputies in stun gun death," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of stun


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stun


Middle English stonen, stunen, from Anglo-French estoner — more at astonish

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The first known use of stun was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2021

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“Stun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stun

: to surprise or upset (someone) very much
: to cause (someone) to suddenly become very confused, very dizzy, or unconscious


\ ˈstən How to pronounce stun (audio) \
stunned; stunning

Kids Definition of stun

1 : to make dizzy or senseless by or as if by a blow The bird laid stunned after crashing into the window.
2 : to affect with shock or confusion : fill with disbelief He was stunned by the news.
\ ˈstən How to pronounce stun (audio) \
stunned; stunning

Medical Definition of stun

: to make senseless, groggy, or dizzy by or as if by a blow

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