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 Even more sobering, perhaps, is that the current case and death counts—however stunning—are likely underestimates, largely due to limited testing that has plagued the country’s pandemic response from the very beginning. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "100,000 Americans dead—and counting—as COVID-19 ravages US," 27 May 2020 From 1980 to 2018, fluid milk consumption per capita dropped a stunning 46%, according to USDA data. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "For a second time in Borden’s 163-year history, a government contract could propel it through crisis," 26 May 2020 That stunning playoff loss was one of many anguishing disappointments for Dodger fans of that era. Bruce Weber,, "Roger Kahn, 92, lifted sportswriting to an art with ‘Boys of Summer’," 7 Feb. 2020 The machine, dubbed Evija, is stunning—and costs $2.1 million. Kyle Stock,, "The Year’s Hottest New Cars Just Got Cold as Ice," 12 May 2020 The list of Hubble's achievements is both long and stunning, everything from proving the existence of supermassive black holes to pinning down the age of the universe to within a few percent. William Harwood, CBS News, "Hubble Space Telescope still going strong after 30 years in space," 24 Apr. 2020 Uncontroversial opinion: Princess Diana was absolutely stunning, inside and out. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Looks Like an Actual Disney Princess in This Unearthed Video from Her Wedding Day," 9 Feb. 2020 The things that can be measured with Simmons are as stunning as Kingsbury’s living room in Paradise Valley, shown during Thursday’s broadcast. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals could make leap in 2020 with Isaiah Simmons, other defensive additions," 23 Apr. 2020 The final images of women vacuuming up the words of the amendment is both artistically stunning and utterly heartbreaking. Shannon Carlin,, "Mrs. America’s Opening Credits Are More Than A Disco Song — They’re A Feminist History Lesson," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of stunning

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 May 2020

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“Stunning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce stunning (audio)

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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