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[uh-ston-ish] /əˈstɒn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; amaze:
Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me.
Origin of astonish
dialectal Old French
1525-35; Middle English astonyen, astonen, probably < dialectal Old French *astoner, Old French estoner < Vulgar Latin *extonāre, for Latin attonāre to strike with lightning, equivalent to ex- ex-1, at- at- + tonāre to thunder; extended by -ish2, perhaps reflecting Anglo-French *astonir < dialectal Old French
Related forms
astonishedly, adverb
astonisher, noun
superastonish, verb
unastonished, adjective
astound, startle, shock. See surprise. Unabridged
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  • The hold that fragrances can have on your being has always astonished me.
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  • Lewis demonstrated his air gun, which operated on compressed air, and it astonished them.
  • We waited with mounting suspense and were astonished by the results.
  • She held one up to the light, squinted at a filthy smudge-and was astonished to see ghostly faces staring back at her.
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  • The researchers were astonished to find clocks ticking all over the fly's body-in the wings, the legs, the proboscis.
  • Then the ranger lights a match and the tiny dot of light magically spreads, illuminating a circle of astonished faces.
  • After entwining in midair, he returned her to the floor looking astonished.
  • Sniff picked another armload of fruits, swung down on a vine, and handed them to the astonished scientist.
British Dictionary definitions for astonished


(transitive) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly
Word Origin
C15: from earlier astonyen (see astonied), from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonāre (unattested) to strike with thunder, from Latin tonāre to thunder
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Word Origin and History for astonished



c.1300, astonien, from Old French estoner "to stun, daze, deafen, astound," from Vulgar Latin *extonare, from Latin ex- "out" + tonare "to thunder" (see thunder); so, literally "to leave someone thunderstruck." The modern form (influenced by English verbs in -ish, e.g. distinguish, diminish) is attested from c.1530.

No wonder is thogh that she were astoned [Chaucer, "Clerk's Tale"]
Related: Astonished; astonishing; astonishingly.

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