Definition of stun in English:


Syllabification: stun
Pronunciation: /stən

verb (stuns, stunning, stunned)

[with object]
  • 1Knock unconscious or into a dazed or semiconscious state: the man was strangled after being stunned by a blow to the head
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    • 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.
    daze, stupefy, knock unconscious, knock out, lay out
  • 1.1 (usually be stunned) Astonish or shock (someone) so that they are temporarily unable to react: the community was stunned by the tragedy
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    • 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.
    astound, amaze, astonish, dumbfound, stupefy, stagger, shock, take aback
    informal flabbergast, bowl over
  • 1.2(Of a sound) deafen temporarily: a blast like that could stun anybody


Middle English: shortening of Old French estoner 'astonish'.

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