as·​ton·​ish·​ing | \ ə-ˈstä-ni-shiŋ How to pronounce astonishing (audio) \

Definition of astonishing

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder : surprising an astonishing discovery

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from astonishing

astonishingly \ ə-​ˈstä-​ni-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce astonishing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of astonishing in a Sentence

He showed an astonishing lack of concern for others. The truck can hold an astonishing amount of stuff. She gave an astonishing performance in her first film.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web What's so astonishing in this whole debate is the presumption that all congressional Democrats support this expansive, big spending agenda. Charlie Dent, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 In terms of peak performance, the new A15 GPU is absolutely astonishing, and showcasing again improvements that are well above Apple’s marketing claims. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 Oct. 2021 But the most astonishing thing to me is that the last word wasn't his resignation, Cornell. NBC News, 15 Aug. 2021 The group, which runs a series of programmes inside and outside of prison focused on harm reduction and therapy, has an astonishing track record of success in reducing reoffending rates, but needs more funding to extend its work. David Prosser, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Sunday’s in-person event drew a competitive field that included Ulrich, Mohwinkel-Fleming and 10-time champion Sheryl Loan, a 60-64 age-group racer who continued her astonishing record of never finishing out of the top three. Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2021 When Jon finally drags it out of her, the plan is astonishing. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 19 Sep. 2021 The Star’s investment on a single story is especially astonishing at a time when local and regional newspapers around the country have faced shrinking ad revenue or hedge-fund takeovers, some of them shuttering altogether. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 The sheer number of people reading and reviewing these books was astonishing. Rachel Kramer Bussel, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'astonishing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of astonishing

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astonishing

see astonish

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About astonishing

Time Traveler for astonishing

Time Traveler

The first known use of astonishing was in 1593

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near astonishing




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for astonishing

Last Updated

13 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Astonishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

More from Merriam-Webster on astonishing

Nglish: Translation of astonishing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of astonishing for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!