Definition of stupor
1 : a condition of greatly dulled or completely suspended sense or sensibility a drunken stupor; specifically : a chiefly mental condition marked by absence of spontaneous movement, greatly diminished responsiveness to stimulation, and usually impaired consciousness
2 : a state of extreme apathy or torpor resulting often from stress or shock : daze
Examples of stupor in a Sentence
He fell into a drunken stupor.
in a stupor of fatigue
Recent Examples of stupor from the Web
Now Arnold wanders the house in a jolly monosyllabic stupor, barely able to negotiate a doorknob.
A drunken stupor isn’t exactly an option here; luckily, Louis-Dreyfus is smart enough to turn even feeble straight lines into funny anecdotes.
The University of Florida’s student body president got schooled in the criminal court system in Key West after pushing over motorcycles while in a drunken stupor March 7.
Constand, who is gay, told police the pills left her in a stupor.
The dollar did not remain stable and the successive punches of higher borrowing costs, weak export demand and cheap import competition knocked all three American industries into a financial stupor.
Severe cases can produce high fever, stupor, tremors and paralysis, and can prove fatal….
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Origin and Etymology of stupor
Middle English, from Latin, from stupēre
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of stupor
STUPOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stupor for English Language Learners
: a condition in which someone is not able to think normally because of being drunk, drugged, tired, etc.
STUPOR Defined for Kids
Definition of stupor for Students
: a condition of being not alert or able to think normally
Medical Definition of stupor
: a condition of greatly dulled or completely suspended sense or sensibility a drunken stupor; specifically : a chiefly mental condition marked by absence of spontaneous movement, greatly diminished responsiveness to stimulation, and usually impaired consciousness
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