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verb (used with object),stunned, stun·ning.
  1. to deprive of consciousness or strength by or as if by a blow, fall, etc.: The blow to his jaw stunned him for a moment.

  2. to astonish; astound; amaze: Her wit stunned the audience.

  1. to shock; overwhelm: The world was stunned by the attempted assassination.

  2. to daze or bewilder by noise.

verb (used without object)
  1. to cause astonishment or amazement: She stunned in a black and silver beaded gown, accessorized with a sparkly clutch.

  1. the act of stunning.

  2. the condition of being stunned.

Origin of stun

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English stonen, stunen (verb), from Old French estoner “to shake, make resound”; see astonish

synonym study For stun

2, 3. See shock1.

Other words for stun

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British Dictionary definitions for stun


/ (stʌn) /

verbstuns, stunning or stunned (tr)
  1. to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall

  2. to shock or overwhelm

  1. to surprise or astound

  1. the state or effect of being stunned

Origin of stun

C13 stunen, from Old French estoner to daze, stupefy, from Vulgar Latin extonāre (unattested), from Latin ex- 1 + tonāre to thunder

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