- The results were startling as astonished friends saw him ride a bicycle for the first time in two years.
- It has never failed to astonish me how we pale-faced Scots continue to swallow the propaganda that down here in deepest England the weather is somehow better.
- It came as no surprise to me, and probably will not astonish anyone else, that today I felt the after-effects of yesterday's long drive to and from Nottingham.
Early 16th century (as astonished, in the sense 'stunned, bewildered, dismayed'): from obsolete astone 'stun, stupefy', from Old French estoner, based on Latin ex- 'out' + tonare 'to thunder'.
The Old French estoner, from Latin ex- ‘out’ and tonare ‘to thunder’ is the source of astonish, the shorter form stun (Middle English), and of astound (Middle English).
Words that rhyme with astonishadmonish, donnish
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