Stun Definition

stunned, stunning, stuns
stunned, stunning, stuns
To make senseless or unconscious, as by a blow.
Webster's New World
To overpower or bewilder as by a loud noise or explosion.
Webster's New World
To daze or stupefy; shock deeply; astound; overwhelm.
He was stunned by the news.
Webster's New World

To incapacitate; especially by inducing disorientation or unconsciousness.

Bill tried to stun the snake by striking it on the head.
In many European countries cattle have to be stunned before slaughtering.
(snooker, billiards) To hit the cue ball so that it slides without topspin or backspin (with or without sidespin) and continues at a natural angle after contact with the object ball.
A blow or shock that stupefies.
American Heritage
The effect or condition of being stunned.
Webster's New World
(billiard, snooker, pool) The effect on the cue ball where the ball is hit without topspin, backspin or sidespin.
Williams will need a lot of stun to avoid going in the middle pocket.

Origin of Stun

  • From Middle English stunien, stonien, stounien, from Old English stunian (“to crash, make a loud sound, resound, roar, strike with a loud sound, dash, impinge, knock, confound, astonish, stupefy"), from Proto-Germanic *stunōnÄ…, *stunjanÄ… (“to sound, crash, bang, groan"), from Proto-Germanic *stenanÄ… (“to moan, shout"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tona-, *(s)tena- (“to thunder, roar, groan"). Cognate with Middle Low German stonen (“to groan"), Middle High German stunen, stunden (“to drive, push, knock, strike"), Swedish stöna (“to moan, groan"), Icelandic stynja (“to moan"). Related also to Dutch stenen (“to groan"), German stöhnen (“to groan, moan"), German staunen (“to be astonished, be amazed, marvel at"). See also Occitan estonar, Old French estoner.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English stonen Old French estoner from Vulgar Latin extonāre Latin ex- ex- Latin tonāre to thunder (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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