verb (used with object)
- aston dark space,
- aston, francis william,
- astor, john jacob
Origin of astonish
Examples from the Web for astonish
To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us.
They frighten a few people (mostly each other), are rude to bystanders and astonish a cleaning lady.
His book should astonish both liberals and conservatives—and for very different reasons.
But after what he had heard nothing could astonish him any more.The Secret Agent|Joseph Conrad
The painter, irritated still further, retorted: "That does not astonish me—from him!"Strong as Death|Guy de Maupassant
Do not press me on that point, if you please, I might astonish and offend you.The Memories of Fifty Years|William H. Sparks
The miracles of the gospel could not astonish a people who held with intrepid faith the more splendid prodigies of the Mosaic law.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
I believe it will astonish you, too, my dears, when you hear it.The Road to Oz|L. Frank Baum
Word Origin for astonish
c.1300, astonien, from Old French estoner "to stun, daze, deafen, astound," from Vulgar Latin *extonare, from Latin ex- "out" + tonare "to thunder" (see thunder); so, literally "to leave someone thunderstruck." The modern form (influenced by English verbs in -ish, e.g. distinguish, diminish) is attested from c.1530.
No wonder is thogh that she were astoned [Chaucer, "Clerk's Tale"]
Related: Astonished; astonishing; astonishingly.