[ 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.

Origin of stupor

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

Related forms

stu·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 Forms

stuporous, adjective

Word Origin for stupor

C17: from Latin, from stupēre to be aghast
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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 forms

stupor•ous adj.
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