\ 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: 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 The threatening dog was also stunned by officers, authorities said. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "Police arrested and used a stun gun on a grandmother three times for not letting them enter her home," 30 Dec. 2019 The boy briefly drops to the floor stunned by what just happened, before hugging Kelly Stafford. NBC News, "NFL's Matt Stafford surprises fans who recently lost their father," 26 Dec. 2019 Jabbar later returned to the restaurant and gave the gifts to Diane, who appeared stunned by the random act of kindness. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Best of 2019: Seven acts of kindness that went viral," 26 Dec. 2019 Modi himself, stunned by the public rebuke, has so far offered only platitudes. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Has Narendra Modi Finally Gone Too Far?," 17 Dec. 2019 There's a telling moment when Jewell, stunned by his treatment, has to be bullied by his lawyer into standing up for himself. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 13 Dec. 2019 When presented with the opportunity Friday night, the Detroit Pistons second-year guard stunned by outplaying the Atlanta Hawks' (4-11) young star. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Bruce Brown keeps Hawks' Trae Young in check, 128-103," 23 Nov. 2019 Tlumac took the owl to a nearby fire department and consulted with a warden, who said the bird might’ve been stunned by a car. USA TODAY, "Art against incarceration, glacial melt that could hurt a fly: News from around our 50 states," 22 Nov. 2019 Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was left stunned by another sensational performance from Lionel Messi, as the Argentine magician starred during his side's 5-1 dismantling of Real Valladolid., "Incredible Lionel Messi Display Against Valladolid Leaves Ernesto Valverde 'Out of Words'," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Billy Porter stuns in a fabulous feathered look on the #GoldenGlobes red carpet. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Billy Porter's Feather Train Is the Wedding Look of My Dreams," 5 Jan. 2020 Within minutes, the riot police arrived on motorbikes in a two-line formation, dismounted, and marched into the plaza throwing stun grenades and dispersing tear gas and pepper spray. Alice Driver, Longreads, "My Spoon, Your Bullet," 18 Dec. 2019 More:Tesla Cybertruck design stuns: 'Eccentric,' 'eye-popping' or 'weird' 'piece of junk'? Kevin Wheeler, USA TODAY, "Ford wants a rematch after Tesla's Cybertruck pulled an F-150. Musk says 'bring it on'," 26 Nov. 2019 Previously: Browns stun 49ers Intercept Young three times in 23-13 victory. Rich Exner, cleveland, "This 1993 Browns win over 49ers was one of Bernie Kosar’s last hurrahs as Cleveland QB: Browns Flashback," 1 Oct. 2019 Vittorio Zunino CelottoGetty Images Alessandro Michele of Gucci never fails to impress, stun, and even shock his guests during a runway show. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "You Can Tune Into Gucci's Spring 2020 Show—Right Now," 22 Sep. 2019 Marches in the center of the city were also dispersed by riot police Saturday, and an 18-year-old high school student was critically injured when he was hit in the face with a stun grenade. Washington Post, "Colombia goes through fifth consecutive day of protests," 26 Nov. 2019 The deaths came hours after security forces cleared three bridges of protesters, using stun grenades and tear gas amid heavy clashes., "Security forces in Iraq open fire on protesters, killing at least 6," 9 Nov. 2019 As some tried to cross the bridge to reach the fortified Green Zone — home to government offices and foreign embassies — police started throwing stun grenades and firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anti-government protests in Iraq lead to clashes, killing 2," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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“Stun.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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