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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Quite a stunner, young Mrs. Nixon is, too, and Bert is a good match for her.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • "What do you mean by a 'stunner,' John," asked Paul, with dignity.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • It's a stunner, especially if you skip all the descriptions of scenery.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • Wade must have got in a pretty heavy charge; for the report was a stunner.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • In his brush with the injured Throg at the wreck the stunner had had little impression on the enemy.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • Thorvald jumped to the net slung from the poles; Shann raised his stunner.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for stunner


(informal) a person or thing of great beauty, quality, size, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stunner

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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