stun·​ner | \ ˈstə-nər How to pronounce stunner (audio) \

Definition of stunner

: one that stuns or is stunning

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Synonyms for stunner


babe [slang], beauty, beauty queen, cookie (or cooky), cutie (or cutey), dolly bird [British], enchantress, eyeful, fox, goddess, honey, knockout, queen

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Examples of stunner in a Sentence

His wife is a real stunner. The jury's decision was a stunner.

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The King William Ale barleywine’s a stunner at 9 percent alcohol, gently balanced by a bright and sunny Texican Lager at a session-friendly 4 percent. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Blue Star Brewing Co.," 5 July 2019 Asa Mathat for Vox Media This week’s social media stunner involves YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki refusing to acknowledge YouTube’s radicalizing effect on our politics. Jeff Berman, Vox, "Big Tech needs regulation, but DC must go to school before it goes to work," 14 June 2019 Another stunner over the Spartans will likely put ASU back in the two national polls. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Arizona State has favorable path into College Football Playoff poll," 7 June 2019 The pink-red creation, which featured intricate embroidery work and mounds of tulle, was a stunner indeed—but even more striking is the backstory behind the label. Vogue, "Billy Porter’s Red Carpet Dress Has an Eco-Conscious Message," 19 May 2019 Even in the age of Trump, when we've gotten used to hearing unbelievable things, this was a stunner. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 13: Trump, David Ortiz, Grand Canyon, tanker attacks, Vayu," 13 June 2019 Not with Browns general manager John Dorsey reportedly prepared to pull a stunner with the top overall selection. David Haugh,, "If Browns take Baker Mayfield at No. 1, Bears could find themselves in ideal spot at No. 8," 26 Apr. 2018 Harry Winston jewelry — as well as her massive stunner of an engagement ring from fiancé Alex Rodriguez — completed her look. Mekita Rivas,, "The Best Looks From The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards," 5 June 2019 Getty Images Ever since Mandy Moore stepped onto the scene, she's been an absolute stunner. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Mandy Moore's New Haircut Will 100-Percent Make You Want a Wavy Bob," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of stunner

1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stunner

: a very attractive person
: something that amazes or shocks people

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