stun

1 of 2

verb

stunned; stunning

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

2 of 2

noun

: the effect of something that stuns : shock

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
When Lindsey Decker, vice president of Albert’s Dog Lounge, first learned about Fergie from Second Chance Shelter’s partner in Wisconsin, she was stunned that the 13-year-old dog had spent nearly her entire life in the overcrowded shelter. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 16 Apr. 2024 Earlier this week, the Warriors shot an earth-shattering 63.4% from behind the arc to stun the Lakers. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 13 Apr. 2024 The 34-year-old later said he was stunned by the verdict. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2024 The public attack on a senior network executive stunned observers. Jon Passantino, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 On March 8, 2014, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) stunned the world. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 In reading court documents, they were stunned to learn about the high number of F.B.I. informants in the case, who had not only helped organize and connect potential domestic terrorists but had secretly taped hundreds of hours of meetings, conversations, and training sessions. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2024 But a bigot on this team — this team of all others — stuns the senses. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 There’s been a surge of stars wearing the classic pattern as of late: Jennifer Lawrence stunned on the Oscars red carpet in a custom polka-dot gown and shawl from Christian Dior that truly radiated old Hollywood. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stun. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

stun

verb
ˈstən
stunned; stunning
1
: to make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
2
: to overcome with astonishment or disbelief
stunned by the news
stun noun

Medical Definition

stun

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

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