[ stoo-per, styoo- ]
/ ˈstu pər, ˈstyu- /


suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.: He lay there in a drunken stupor.
mental torpor; apathy; stupefaction.

Nearby words

  1. stupendous,
  2. stupendously,
  3. stupid,
  4. stupidity,
  5. stupidly,
  6. sturbridge,
  7. sturdy,
  8. sturge-weber syndrome,
  9. sturgeon,
  10. sturges

Origin of stupor

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: astonishment, insensibility, equivalent to stup(ēre) to be numb or stunned + -or -or1

Related formsstu·por·ous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stupor


/ (ˈstjuːpə) /


a state of unconsciousness
mental dullness; torpor
Derived Formsstuporous, adjective

Word Origin for stupor

C17: from Latin, from stupēre to be aghast

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Word Origin and History for stupor



late 14c., from Latin stupor "insensibility, numbness, dullness," from stupere "be stunned" (see stupid).

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Medicine definitions for stupor


[ stōōpər ]


A state of impaired consciousness characterized by a marked diminution in the capacity to react to environmental stimuli.
Related formsstupor•ous adj.

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