- causing, capable of causing, or liable to cause astonishment, bewilderment, or a loss of consciousness or strength: a stunning blow.
- of striking beauty or excellence: What a stunning dress you're wearing!
Origin of stunning
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- 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.
- to astonish; astound; amaze: Her wit stunned the audience.
- to shock; overwhelm: The world was stunned by the attempted assassination.
- to daze or bewilder by noise.
- the act of stunning.
- the condition of being stunned.
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Examples from the Web for stunning
Rather, Mahone is well aware of, and repeatedly stresses, the stunning rise to fame he has experienced.Portrait of the Austin Mahone as a Teen Idol
December 10, 2014
The contrast with the Wilson grand jury is a stunning illustration of the racial double standards in criminal justice.We Need More Ferguson-style Grand Juries
November 30, 2014
On each coast, the Caribbean and the Pacific, there are stunning beaches.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
As the Financial Times noted in September, the deal “represents a stunning change in strategy.”China Is Financing Putin’s Aggression
Gordon G. Chang
November 13, 2014
And he, like the other men in the quartet of so-called “sure things,” delivers a stunning, awards-worthy performance in his film.Why Does Oscar Hate Young Men?
November 9, 2014
In the hour of triumph the government was doomed to receive a stunning blow.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
She and I have picked out a stunning design for the wedding dress.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
There is no stunning confutation of his nonsense before men and angels.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He made the statement as if he expected it to come as a stunning surprise.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The stunning sense of deep affliction is a mercy from on high.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- informal very attractive, impressive, astonishing, etc
- to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall
- to shock or overwhelm
- to surprise or astound
- the state or effect of being stunned
Word Origin and History for stunning
c.1300, "to daze or render unconscious" (from a blow, powerful emotion, etc.), probably a shortening of Old French estoner "to stun" (see astonish). Stunning popularized for "splendid, excellent" c.1849.