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stun

verb \ ˈstən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of stun

stunned; stunning
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

Examples of stun in a Sentence

  1. The angry criticism stunned them.

  2. His old friends were stunned at his success.

  3. She sat in stunned disbelief.

  4. There was a stunned expression on her face.

  5. weapons that can stun people temporarily

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Origin and Etymology of stun

Middle English stonen, stunen, from Anglo-French estoner — more at astonish


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stun

noun

Definition of stun

: the effect of something that stuns : shock

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First Known Use of stun

1727


STUN Defined for English Language Learners

stun

verb

Definition of stun for English Language Learners

  • : to surprise or upset (someone) very much

  • : to cause (someone) to suddenly become very confused, very dizzy, or unconscious


STUN Defined for Kids

stun

verb \ ˈstən \

Definition of stun for Students

stunned; stunning
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.

Medical Dictionary

stun

transitive verb \ ˈstən \

medical Definition of stun

stunned; stunning
: to make senseless, groggy, or dizzy by or as if by a blow


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