temporarily deprived of the power of speech, as by surprise or confusion; dumbfounded.

Also dumb·strick·en [duhm-strik-uh n] /ˈdʌmˌstrɪk ən/.

Origin of dumbstruck

First recorded in 1885–90; dumb + struck
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Contemporary Examples of dumbstruck

Historical Examples of dumbstruck

  • Shamhaven had not expected this encounter, and for the moment he was dumbstruck.

    At the Fall of Port Arthur

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • We wint back together, an' I was dumbstruck; Love-o'-Women was cripplin' and crumblin' at ivry step.

British Dictionary definitions for dumbstruck


dumbstricken (ˈdʌmˌstrɪkən)


temporarily deprived of speech through shock or surprise
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Word Origin and History for dumbstruck

1823, from dumb + past participle of strike (v.).

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