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stun

[stuhn] /stʌn/
verb (used with object), stunned, stunning.
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.
3.
to shock; overwhelm:
The world was stunned by the attempted assassination.
4.
to daze or bewilder by noise.
noun
5.
the act of stunning.
6.
the condition of being stunned.
Origin of stun
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English stonen, stunen (v.) < Old French estoner to shake, make resound; see astonish
Related forms
unstunned, adjective
Synonyms
2, 3. See shock1 . 4. stupefy.
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  • Then she feared he might be stunned, so she swam to him and dragged him to the shore.

    Indian Boyhood [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • But the man had been only stunned by a bullet that plowed its way across the top of his skull.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The reply came upon me like a shower bath; I was both chilled and stunned by so unexpected a shock.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Across the room the four stunned Dyaks were recovering consciousness.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • stunned, powerless, like a straw on the face of a torrent, he was swept onward he knew not whither.

British Dictionary definitions for stunned

stun

/stʌn/
verb (transitive) stuns, stunning, stunned
1.
to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall
2.
to shock or overwhelm
3.
to surprise or astound
noun
4.
the state or effect of being stunned
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for stunned

stun

v.

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.

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