astounding

[ uh-stoun-ding ]
/ əˈstaʊn dɪŋ /

adjective

capable of overwhelming with amazement; stunningly surprising.

Nearby words

  1. astor,
  2. astor, john jacob,
  3. astoria,
  4. astound,
  5. astounded,
  6. astr-,
  7. astr.,
  8. astrachan,
  9. astraddle,
  10. astragal

Origin of astounding

First recorded in 1580–90; astound + -ing2

Related formsas·tound·ing·ly, adverb

astound

[ uh-stound ]
/ əˈstaʊnd /

verb (used with object)

to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise.

adjective

Archaic. astonished; astounded.

Origin of astound

1275–1325; Middle English astoun(e)d, past participle of astonen, variant of astonyen to astonish

Related formsas·tound·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for astounding

astounding

/ (əˈstaʊndɪŋ) /

adjective

causing amazement and wonder; bewildering
Derived Formsastoundingly, adverb

astound

/ (əˈstaʊnd) /

verb

(tr) to overwhelm with amazement and wonder; bewilder

Word Origin for astound

C17: from astoned amazed, from Old French estoné, from estoner to astonish

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Word Origin and History for astounding

astound

v.

mid-15c., from Middle English astouned, astoned (c.1300), past participle of astonen, astonien "to stun" (see astonish), with more of the original sense of Vulgar Latin *extonare. Related: Astounded; astounding.

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