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dumbstruck

[duhm-struhk]
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adjective
  1. temporarily deprived of the power of speech, as by surprise or confusion; dumbfounded.
Also dumb·strick·en [duhm-strik-uh n] /ˈdʌmˌstrɪk ən/.

Origin of dumbstruck

First recorded in 1885–90; dumb + struck
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Historical Examples

  • Shamhaven had not expected this encounter, and for the moment he was dumbstruck.

    At the Fall of Port Arthur

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • We wint back together, an' I was dumbstruck; Love-o'-Women was cripplin' and crumblin' at ivry step.


British Dictionary definitions for dumbstruck

dumbstruck

dumbstricken (ˈdʌmˌstrɪkən)

adjective
  1. temporarily deprived of speech through shock or surprise
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Word Origin and History for dumbstruck

adj.

1823, from dumb + past participle of strike (v.).

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