[ uh-ston-i-shing ]
/ əˈstɒn ɪ ʃɪŋ /


causing astonishment or surprise; amazing: an astonishing victory; an astonishing remark.

Origin of astonishing

First recorded in 1520–30; astonish + -ing2

Related forms

as·ton·ish·ing·ly, adverbas·ton·ish·ing·ness, noun

Definition for astonishing (2 of 2)


[ uh-ston-ish ]
/ əˈstɒn ɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; amaze: Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me.

Origin of astonish

1525–35; Middle English astonyen, astonen, probably < dialectal Old French *astoner, Old French estoner < Vulgar Latin *extonāre, for Latin attonāre to strike with lightning, equivalent to ex- ex-1, at- at- + tonāre to thunder; extended by -ish2, perhaps reflecting Anglo-French *astonir < dialectal Old French

Related forms

as·ton·ished·ly, adverbas·ton·ish·er, nounsu·per·as·ton·ish, verbun·as·ton·ished, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for astonishing (1 of 2)


/ (əˈstɒnɪʃɪŋ) /


causing great surprise or amazement; astounding

Derived Forms

astonishingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for astonishing (2 of 2)


/ (əˈstɒnɪʃ) /


(tr) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly

Word Origin for astonish

C15: from earlier astonyen (see astonied), from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonāre (unattested) to strike with thunder, from Latin tonāre to thunder
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