verb (stuns, stunning, stunned)[with object]
- 1Knock unconscious or into a semi-conscious state: the man was stunned by a blow to the headMore example sentences
- The force of the blow left her momentarily stunned and knocked the air out of her.
- I'll settle for a sand-filled sock and merely stun them senseless if they should as much as look at me askance on this day.
- Levi was stunned by the blow and reached up to rub his face, red from Wade's blow.
- 2Astonish or shock (someone) so that they are temporarily unable to react: the community was stunned by the tragedy (as adjective stunned) she stared at him in stunned disbeliefMore example sentences
- The thought of loosing life or limb stuns us into shock, and as a result we stop breathing.
- I am stunned, shocked, and as a secondary school teacher myself, very disappointed.
- The powerful film shows that the beautiful game rears a truly ugly side, which is bound to shock and stun audiences.
Middle English: shortening of Old French estoner 'astonish'.