[ stuhn-ing ]
/ ˈstʌn ɪŋ /


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

First recorded in 1660–70; stun + -ing2


1 stupefying, numbing, dumbfounding, astounding.

Related forms

stun·ning·ly, adverb

Definition for stunning (2 of 2)


[ stuhn ]
/ stʌn /

verb (used with object), stunned, stun·ning.

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.

Origin of stun

1250–1300; Middle English stonen, stunen (v.) < Old French estoner to shake, make resound; see astonish


2, 3 See shock1.
4 stupefy.

Related forms

un·stunned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stunning (1 of 2)


/ (ˈstʌnɪŋ) /


informal very attractive, impressive, astonishing, etc

Derived Forms

stunningly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for stunning (2 of 2)


/ (stʌn) /

verb stuns, stunning or stunned (tr)

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 for 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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