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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In one stunner, a man and woman stare in opposite directions, emotionally disconnected despite their physical proximity. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Forget sexy. Eric Fischl paints the dark dramas amid all that skin," 16 July 2019 That’s not happening until October, leaving plenty of time for Wojranowski to deliver some other stunner. Sean Gregory, Time, "The NBA Is Officially Ridiculous," 12 July 2019 Front elevations don’t get much grander than the one on this recently listed Beaux-Arts stunner in rural Mayesville, South Carolina. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Stunning Beaux-Arts Mansion in Small-Town South Carolina is an Absolute Steal," 27 June 2019 Another essential pick is British R&B stunner Ella Mai, who’s only blessing America with a handful of dates this summer. Blake Ryan, Billboard, "A Guide to Summer Music Festival Season 2019," 24 June 2019 The Egyptian king has helped turn the Reds into the only serious contenders for Manchester City's Premier League crown, fuelled their charge to Champions League glory and rifled in some stunners over the last two seasons., "Mohamed Salah: His 6 Best Liverpool Moments Since Arriving Two Years Ago," 22 June 2019 Gilbert's shot was deflected by Auburn pitcher Tanner Burns and couldn't be handled by second baseman Ryan Bliss, allowing the winning run to score to cap a four-run ninth inning in the 5-4 stunner in Omaha. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Westosha Central product delivers game-winning hit in College World Series opener," 17 June 2019 Who could have imagined that two fourth-place teams going nowhere would come away with the biggest prizes of the deadline after the Cincinnati Reds became the latest to pull off the stunner. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "As Reds land Trevor Bauer, it's the non-contenders winning MLB's wacky trade season," 30 July 2019 The stunner has also secured major deals with fashion brands including Swarovski, Louis Vuitton and Bvlgari. Nandi Howard, Essence, "We’re Rounding Up Actress Laura Harrier's Best Red Carpet Looks," 11 June 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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