- to deprive of consciousness or strength by or as if by a blow, fall, etc.: The blow to his jaw stunned him for a moment.
- to astonish; astound; amaze: Her wit stunned the audience.
- to shock; overwhelm: The world was stunned by the attempted assassination.
- to daze or bewilder by noise.
- the act of stunning.
- the condition of being stunned.
Origin of stun
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Examples from the Web for stun
The authorities were trying to arrest another man suspected of throwing a stun grenade when Hamdan attacked.A New Intifada? Israel’s Arab Citizen Uprising Spreads
November 10, 2014
Even show ponies are not exempt from ending up in a narrowing chute that feeds the condemned in single file into the “stun box.”Central Park’s Carriages Saved This Horse
April 24, 2014
Stun grenades exploded on the edges making a sound like a building being detonated.My Life Behind Kiev’s Barricades
February 21, 2014
They acquired the tools to accomplish the deed, including a stun gun and the chemical means to anesthetize their victims.The Cannibal Cop’s Social Network: Are More Plotting Attacks on Women?
April 19, 2013
When the hatch rose, the HRT team was ready to toss in two stun grenades and rush the hatch before it closed.Alabama Hostage Standoff: Jimmy Lee Dykes Seized Boy to Gain Attention
February 6, 2013
Sir, it will stun you; and you should have nothing to disturb you in the state of health you are in.The Imaginary Invalid
Their intention was to stun her only and then make off with her little bag.Fruitfulness
My young mis', she had a ring on her finger wid a stun in it like a star.
But I'll be durned if I ever seen a stun fired as neat as that!Peak and Prairie
As in the morning, so again now the sound seemed to stun the vigorous man.A Ghetto Violet
- to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall
- to shock or overwhelm
- to surprise or astound
- the state or effect of being stunned
Word Origin and History for stun
c.1300, "to daze or render unconscious" (from a blow, powerful emotion, etc.), probably a shortening of Old French estoner "to stun" (see astonish). Stunning popularized for "splendid, excellent" c.1849.