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: 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 Marcus Semien hit a game-ending three-run homer in the ninth inning after Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tying grand slam in the eighth, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied three times to stun the Oakland Athletics 11-10 Friday night. Ian Harrison, ajc, 4 Sep. 2021 Josh Rosen fakes the spike and throws a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley with 43 seconds remaining and UCLA overcomes a 34-point deficit to stun Texas A&M 45-44. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Reddit, in typical tongue-in-cheek fashion, suggests the best way to calculate the volume of a cat is to stun the poor animal and throw it in a tub of water, then measure the amount of water displaced. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 The striker dodged among three different Chicago defenders to control the ball, cutting right before burying the shot to stun the Red Stars. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 8 Aug. 2021 Prepare to stun your guests with a fiery red display in an eye-catching ensemble. Yaa Bofah, Good Housekeeping, 15 July 2021 But the Flyers overcame the early deficit and rallied to stun the Penguins with a 4-3 win. Dan Scifo, Star Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 Artem Dobvyk scored in the 121st minute for Ukraine to stun Sweden, 2-1, to earn its spot in the quarterfinals. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 3 July 2021 Georgia Tech overcame a 20-point deficit to stun UW, 62-61, on Dec. 28, 2001, in Atlanta. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wallace was found with multiple stun grenades, body armor, two rifles, two handguns and several boxes of ammunition, police said. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Wallace was found with multiple stun grenades, body armor, two rifles, two handguns and several boxes of ammunition, police said. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Running battles carried on as security and the police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to push back rioters, who were entering the shops by going through delivery entrances, emergency exits and climbing on roofs. Mogomotsi Magome And Andrew Meldrum, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 Police dispersed the peaceful demonstrators with rubber bullets, stun grenades and clubs in a stunningly brutal crackdown. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 8 Aug. 2021 Running battles carried on as security and the police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to push back rioters, who were entering the shops by going through delivery entrances, emergency exits and climbing on roofs. Mogomotsi Magome And Andrew Meldrum, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 Flashbangs are stun grenades that are used by police to disorient the target of a warrant with a blinding flash of light and loud bang. al, 20 July 2021 Running battles carried on as security and the police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to push back rioters, who were entering the shops by going through delivery entrances, emergency exits and climbing on roofs. Mogomotsi Magome And Andrew Meldrum, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 Running battles carried on as security and the police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to push back rioters, who were entering the shops by going through delivery entrances, emergency exits and climbing on roofs. Mogomotsi Magome And Andrew Meldrum, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Stun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stun. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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.

stun

transitive verb
\ 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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