\ 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

daze, rock

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Examples of stun in a Sentence


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

Allred, who stunned longtime Rep. Pete Sessions in the 32nd Congressional District in North Texas, will likely get a significant Republican challenge. Dallas News, "With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans, Democrats prepare for epic 2020 Texas fight," 5 July 2019 On the red carpet, stars like Tiffany Haddish and Angela Rye stunned in chunky braids. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Beauty Looks From The 2019 NBA Awards," 25 June 2019 Italy, which has seen its domestic league surge, returned to the tournament for the first time since 1999 and won its group after stunning Australia in its opener. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Two weeks in at World Cup, USWNT among winners, while FIFA remains a huge loser," 21 June 2019 Elizabeth looked adorable in a cold-shoulder floral number with wide-leg white pants, and Katherine stunned in a bright coral dress with black pumps. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Tim Allen's Wife and Kids Joined Him for a Rare Red Carpet Appearance," 14 June 2019 Middleton, on the other hand, stunned in a sunny yellow ensemble. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Meghan Markle Made Her First Public Appearance Since Giving Birth, and She’s Utterly Glowing," 8 June 2019 As the host country, France didn’t undergo the demands of a qualifying campaign but proved its mettle by stunning the U.S. in January behind two goals from Kadidiatou Diani. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup preview Group A: Playing at home a motivator for France," 7 June 2019 The gentlemen in attendance—like Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and Maison de Mode co-founder Hassan Pierre—looked dapper in tuxedos while Doutzen Kroes and Imaan Hammam stunned in their evening gowns. Jenna Adrian-diaz, Vogue, "Fashion Trust Arabia and Maison de Mode Hosted a Black-Tie Dinner to Close Out the Future of Fashion Summit," 6 June 2019 Dimitrios KambourisGetty Images Last year, Gigi Hadid stunned the crowd in a multicolored catsuit at the CFDA Awards. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Wore a Skirt-Meets-Pants Look at the CFDA Awards," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Creighton’s go-ahead rally in the top of the ninth stuns the Wolverines., "Hometown hero Adley Rutschman overshadows today’s Corvallis Regional: Diamonds & Dust," 3 June 2019 Getty Images Ciara, my sis in my head, stuns on the regular. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Live for Ciara's Larger Than Life Afro at the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 But don’t expect Captain Kirk ordering phasers set on stun, Battlestar Galactica or ray guns blazing in orbit in the near future, space experts said. Washington Post, "Star Wars? President Trump proposes military space force," 13 Mar. 2018 Meghan stuns in a double-breasted button up dress, while Harry opted for a gray suit. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "See the First Photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Royal Baby!," 8 May 2019 According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a teenage girl named Dnigma Howard is accusing the police, officers, and schools of violating her civil rights after she was allegedly beaten, dragged down a set of stairs, stun-gunned, and stepped on by two cops. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Police Are Facing a Lawsuit After Video Showed Officers Beating 16-Year-Old Dnigma Howard," 12 Apr. 2019 Again, Adut stuns while twirling effortlessly in this Dior dress. Emily Farra, Vogue, "What Makes a Great Backstage Photo? Vogue’s Corey Tenold Shares His 10 Favorite Moments of the Season," 14 Mar. 2019 Even without its comic tie-ins, Spider-Verse stuns as a purely CGI adventure film. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," 14 Dec. 2018 Being Mary Jane Gabrielle Union stuns as high-powered TV anchor Mary Jane Paul. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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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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