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stunning

[stuhn-ing] /ˈstʌn ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing, capable of causing, or liable to cause astonishment, bewilderment, or a loss of consciousness or strength:
a stunning blow.
2.
of striking beauty or excellence:
What a stunning dress you're wearing!
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; stun + -ing2
Related forms
stunningly, adverb
Synonyms
1. stupefying, numbing, dumbfounding, astounding.

stun

[stuhn] /stʌn/
verb (used with object), stunned, stunning.
1.
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.
2.
to astonish; astound; amaze:
Her wit stunned the audience.
3.
to shock; overwhelm:
The world was stunned by the attempted assassination.
4.
to daze or bewilder by noise.
noun
5.
the act of stunning.
6.
the condition of being stunned.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English stonen, stunen (v.) < Old French estoner to shake, make resound; see astonish
Related forms
unstunned, adjective
Synonyms
2, 3. See shock1 . 4. stupefy.
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British Dictionary definitions for stunning

stunning

/ˈstʌnɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(informal) very attractive, impressive, astonishing, etc
Derived Forms
stunningly, adverb

stun

/stʌn/
verb (transitive) stuns, stunning, stunned
1.
to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall
2.
to shock or overwhelm
3.
to surprise or astound
noun
4.
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 stunning

stun

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stunning

stumps

noun

The legs: Everybody stir your stumps when Pa calls (1460+)


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