\ 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: 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 With a range of up to 30 feet, pepper-spray balls are made of plastic that breaks on impact to release a chemical irritant intended to stun or incapacitate somebody. USA Today, "'Less lethal' can still maim and kill: A visual guide to weapons police use on protesters," 20 June 2020 The darts hit Brooks, and Rolfe continued trying to stun him. Richard Fausset,, "Police killings prompt evaluation of laws allowing deadly force," 14 June 2020 Bellevue West scored the final 16 points of the game to stun Sallis and Millard North. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Omaha point guard Chucky Hepburn, committed to UW for '21 class, uses Twitter to recruit others to Madison," 7 June 2020 Higgins said they're meant for indoor operations when advancing police want to momentarily stun potentially hostile, or armed people, and are not typically used outdoors for crowd control. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Flash grenades, rubber bullets and pepper balls: A look at "less than lethal" devices that can sometimes be fatal," 4 June 2020 To come so close — and feel so far — from the chance to fulfill his dream left Stoudamire stunned and emotional. oregonlive, "Devastating defeat: A look back at Portland Trail Blazers’ Game 7 loss to L.A. Lakers, 20 years later," 4 June 2020 In the incident, the two students were pulled from the car, stunned, and arrested. Fox News, "2 Atlanta officers fired after deploying stun guns in arrests during George Floyd protests, mayor says," 1 June 2020 Players were stunned when Cunningham announced the school was discontinuing the program, effective immediately. Bobby Nightengale,, "Outlook bleak for colleges if no fans attend games at UC, Miami," 28 May 2020 Drummond stunned Kassandra Diaz -- a server at Che Restaurant in Delray Beach, Florida -- with a massive tip that left her in tears of joy on Sunday. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andre Drummond leaves $1,000 tip that causes ‘tears of happiness’ for waitress at Florida restaurant," 26 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eyes are additionally vulnerable to the intense bursts of light emitted by flash bangs, also called stun grenades, during protests. Karen Kwon, Scientific American, "How to Protect Yourself during Protests," 26 June 2020 Then officers surrounded him with riot shields, without using firearms or stun guns. NBC News, "A Florida sheriff adopted Scottish police training. Now his deputies use force less often.," 23 June 2020 To protect against these potential outcomes, Zipes says, law enforcement officers should avoid shooting toward the chest and overriding the safety on their stun guns. Michael Ciaglo, National Geographic, "From tear gas to rubber bullets, here’s what ‘nonlethal’ weapons can do to the body," 5 June 2020 In Washington on Monday night, police fired tear gas and stun grenades into peaceful crowds near the White House, clearing the way for the president to walk to St. John's Church. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "One week of protests," 2 June 2020 Tensions rose Sunday outside the White House, the scene of three days of demonstrations, where police fired tear gas and stun grenades into a crowd of more than 1,000 chanting protesters across the street in Lafayette Park. Dallas News, "US heads into a new week shaken by violence and pandemic," 1 June 2020 At the White House, the scene of three days of demonstrations, police fired tear gas and stun grenades Sunday into a crowd of more than 1,000 chanting protesters across the street in Lafayette Park. Anchorage Daily News, "US heads into a new week shaken by violence and frustration," 1 June 2020 There are 15,000 stun guns in use in France, which has a total police force of 240,000 officers, according to reporting by France24. Fox News, "France reverses chokehold ban after police pushback," 17 June 2020 The human rights group has said at least 500 people died after being hit by stun guns between 2001 and 2012 in the U.S. Arno Pedram And Lori Hinnant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Chokeholds or Tasers? Critics question France's compromise.," 16 June 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

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“Stun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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