- 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 stunned
Gunshots rang out in Paris this morning on a second day of deadly violence that has stunned the French capital.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
That November, many of us were stunned as voters in four states supported marriage equality at the ballot box.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
I arrive at the bungalow and find his staff standing about stunned, some of them in tears.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He and Jessen convinced a stunned and desperate CIA that they were the ones to run a new interrogation program.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
I was stunned, and angry, because he had no right to do that.Two New Bill Cosby Accusers Come Forward: ‘We Challenge Mr. Cosby to End This Nightmare’
December 3, 2014
But the man had been only stunned by a bullet that plowed its way across the top of his skull.Way of the Lawless
It was a mistake, of course; it wasn't true—somehow it wasn't true, but still it had stunned.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Across the room the four stunned Dyaks were recovering consciousness.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
A moment of stunned quiet had succeeded the peal of thunder.The Gentleman From Indiana
Another was stunned by a mass of masonry hurled at him by a giant cragsman.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 stunned
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.