View synonyms for staggering


[ stag-uh-ring ]


  1. tending to stagger or overwhelm:

    a staggering amount of money required in the initial investment.


/ ˈstæɡərɪŋ /


  1. astounding or overwhelming; shocking

    a staggering increase in demand

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Derived Forms

  • ˈstaggeringly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • stagger·ing·ly adverb
  • un·stagger·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of staggering1

First recorded in 1555–65; stagger + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

Google taking this data away from us will have an absolutely staggering impact on accounts big and small.

It is the earliest great stone monument known and a staggering 6,000 years older than Stonehenge.

However, the course of action would put truly staggering numbers of people across all age groups at risk of serious illness and death.

I wish I had the secret to the staggering amount of scientific knowledge freshman med student Mia possesses, because it’s sufficient to challenge a professor who has an entire building dedicated to her research—gleaming neon logo included.

To up the revolution, he’s paying private equity firm Thoma Bravo a staggering $11 billion to purchase Ellie Mae, a small but sprinting provider of software that automates the origination process for banks and brokers.

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A staggering 80 percent of college women do not report the crime to police, compared to 67 percent of non-students.

As a treatise on the essential vacuity of the white liberal male, Boyhood is a staggering achievement.

The total number of maps reported missing by the affected institutions, however, was a staggering 256.

The Brazilian beauty pulled in a staggering $47 million in 2013 alone, equating to a cool $128,000 a day.

The conservative reporter claims to have ‘debunked’ a report showing the staggering number of school shootings in America.

When Black Hood put in his appearance, the young man started to move along up the alley, staggering as he walked.

And when the first faint streaks of morning light showed in the sky, all four children were almost staggering with sleep.

Frank was staggering, garrulous, laughing a great deal over very small jokes.

He had heard of famishing men staggering along astonishing distances half-asleep or too dazed to notice where they were going.

It was a staggering thought to imagine a stretch of water that ended on the sky-line—no land to be seen on the other side!





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