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stunned; stunning

transitive verb

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


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: the effect of something that stuns : shock

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
The Owls rode red-hot 3-point shooting and crisp ball movement to stun the Gators in first-year coach Todd Golden’s third game. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2022 Reese wasn't the only one to stun on the red carpet. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 19 Oct. 2022 The content seemed to stun all corners of the city, including people who normally had little interest in politics. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2022 Kylie Jenner continues to stun with her ensemble choices at Paris Fashion Week, this time at the Business of Fashion gala dinner on Saturday night celebrating the BoF 500 from 2022. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 2 Oct. 2022 In February 2021, Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey that would stun the world. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 Trailing 21-6 midway through the second quarter, Mar Vista scored 21 unanswered points to stun the Land of Troy celebration. Kevin J. Farmer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 Nic Baker hit Jacob Garrett with a touchdown pass for the second time in the game to break a tie with 12 minutes, 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and Southern Illinois went on to stun Northwestern 31-24 on Saturday at Ryan Field in Evanston. Matt Carlson, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 The Guardians rallied from a three-run deficit in the 10th inning to stun the Twins on Wednesday night, 7-6. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 30 June 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1727, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Stun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



stunned; stunning
: to make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
: to overcome with astonishment or disbelief
stunned by the news
stun noun

Medical Definition

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

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