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[stuhn-er] /ˈstʌn ər/
a person or thing that stuns.
Informal. a person or thing of striking excellence, beauty, achievement, etc.
Origin of stunner
1840-50; stun + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stunner
  • Given my drive, ambition, and boundless selfishness this is a bit of a stunner.
  • The fruitful mission beamed home this stunner as part of a video of the auroras on the sixth planet.
  • The photo layout, which also includes many vintage shots, is another stunner.
  • For both humane and safety reasons a commercially available hog stunner should be used as a power source.
  • The latter type is also described as a concussion or mushroom type stunner.
  • At the processing plant, fish are unloaded into a holding vat and carried by conveyor to an electrical stunner.
British Dictionary definitions for stunner


(informal) a person or thing of great beauty, quality, size, etc
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Word Origin and History for stunner

1829, in pugilism, agent noun from stun. Meaning "beautiful woman" attested by 1848.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stunner

stump for

verb phrase

To advocate or support, esp very actively

[1878+; fr the notion of giving speeches from stumps]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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