stun·​ning | \ ˈstə-niŋ How to pronounce stunning (audio) \

Definition of stunning

1 : causing astonishment or disbelief stunning news
2 : strikingly impressive especially in beauty or excellence a stunning view stunning workmanship

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Other Words from stunning

stunningly adverb

Examples of stunning in a Sentence

Researchers have made a stunning discovery. Our room had a stunning view of the lake.
Recent Examples on the Web Buzz Aldrin’s iconic photo of a boot print on the moon, the Hubble Space Telescope’s Pillars of Creation image of cosmic dust and gas, a picture of McCandless’ untethered space walk—all are stunning moments captured serendipitously. Eric Adams, Wired, "The LA Musician Who Helped Design a Microphone for Mars," 17 Feb. 2021 Hearing the news of Bryant’s death was stunning, Beyer said, but hearing that Gianna was also a victim shattered her. Los Angeles Times, "Kobe Bryant fans keep his memory alive one year after his death," 26 Jan. 2021 The grim milestone wasn't entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed was stunning. Robert Jablon, Star Tribune, "California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases," 18 Jan. 2021 Alex Rodriguez praised Jennifer Lopez's stunning inauguration performance in a moving Instagram post Sunday. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Alex Rodriguez Is Still Gushing About Jennifer Lopez's "Awe-Inspiring" Inauguration Performance," 25 Jan. 2021 The grim milestone wasn’t entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed was stunning. Robert Jablon, Chron, "California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases," 18 Jan. 2021 The end of the game was so stunning, in which the Bills nearly squandered a 24-10 fourth-quarter lead, safety Jordan Poyer was still having difficulty trying to put the result in perspective. John Wawrow,, "Bills edge Colts for first playoff win in 25 years," 9 Jan. 2021 Lasorda, the Hall of Fame manager who guided the Dodgers to four pennants and two World Series titles, including a stunning upset of the 1988 A’s, died Thursday night at 93. John Shea,, "Tommy Lasorda, ‘lovable villain’ in Giants-Dodgers rivalry, dies at 93," 8 Jan. 2021 Which is exactly why McGovern, quarterback Sam Darnold (a Southern California native) and so many of their teammates were thrilled to defeat Los Angeles 23-20 in what was surely the most stunning upset of the season. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Loss of Trevor Lawrence might cost New York Jets far more than a star quarterback," 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stunning

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Feb 2021

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“Stunning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stunning

: very surprising or shocking
: very beautiful or pleasing


stun·​ning | \ ˈstə-niŋ \

Kids Definition of stunning

1 : able or likely to make a person senseless or confused a stunning blow stunning news
2 : unusually lovely or attractive : striking

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