stun

verb
\ 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

stun

noun

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

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

Celebrities from near and far gather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, stunning on the red carpet in brilliant (or blasé) high fashion. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The Best Memes From the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 But they were stunned in the playoffs by the New York Rangers, ending Marshall’s shot at having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Poulsbo resident, former defenseman Bert Marshall is keeping an eye on Seattle’s NHL decisions," 25 Mar. 2019 Gomez stunned wearing a sleek white suit for the impromptu performance. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Surprises Fans with Her First Ever Coachella Performance," 13 Apr. 2019 The blunt language and harsh dismissal in Trump’s interview stunned 10 Downing Street. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 De Sousa’s decision stunned college basketball recruiting experts. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why Maryland Receiving FBI Subpoenas Should Worry Other College Programs, Basketball Players," 7 July 2018 The suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom have since left the administration. NBC News, "Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion, official tells AP," 4 July 2018 The suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom have since left the administration. Joshua Goodman, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. official: Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion," 4 July 2018 The suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom have since left the administration. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, US official says," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 At one point, an NYPD officer stands up and points a stun-gun at onlookers, the video shows. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Judge Orders Release of Mother Whose Infant Son Was Grabbed by Officers," 11 Dec. 2018 Chopra stuns in a number of looks including Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Vogue Cover Photographed by Annie Leibovitz," 1 Dec. 2018 In this month’s cover slideshow, the Houston native stuns in Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Gucci. Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, "See Beyoncé’s September Issue, Photographed by Tyler Mitchell," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of stun

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stun

Verb

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

verb

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

stun

verb
\ 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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