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[stuhn] /stʌn/
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.
Origin of stun
1250-1300; Middle English stonen, stunen (v.) < Old French estoner to shake, make resound; see astonish
Related forms
unstunned, adjective
2, 3. See shock1 . 4. stupefy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stunned
  • 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.
  • Most people in the student's department were stunned that she would request a change from a chair who was so widely respected.
  • In fact, scientists are stunned at the area's recovery.
  • He was stunned by the fall and had his head cut open.
  • stunned by their fury, the government hastily scrapped the age limits.
  • On a hillside a half-mile away, saddened mourners and stunned citizens have gathered daily for three months.
  • My freshmen are often stunned to learn that this is not how it's going to be.
British Dictionary definitions for stunned


verb (transitive) stuns, stunning, stunned
to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall
to shock or overwhelm
to surprise or astound
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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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