verb (used with object), stunned, stunning.
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.

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

unstunned, adjective

2, 3. See shock1. 4. stupefy. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
stun (stʌn)
vb , stuns, stunning, stunned
1.  to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall
2.  to shock or overwhelm
3.  to surprise or astound
4.  the state or effect of being stunned
[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 & History

c.1300, "to daze or render unconscious" (from a blow, powerful emotion, etc.), probably aphetic of O.Fr. estoner "to stun" (see astonish). Stunning popularized for "splendid, excellent" c.1849.
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Slang Dictionary

stunned definition

  1. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : Kelly was stunned and had to be carried home to recover.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Sometimes they were too stunned and deafened and dazed to do anything but surrender, or rather, try to do so.
She even renamed a character by changing the spelling and was apparently
  stunned that readers noticed and cared.
But the scale of its defeat stunned even party diehards.
Fifteen hundred people perished with her, a loss that stunned the world.
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