(third-person singular simple present stuns, present participle stunning, simple past and past participle stunned)
- 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.
- To shock or surprise.
- The celebrity was stunned to find herself confronted with unfounded allegiations on the front page of a newspaper.
- He stood there stunned, looking at the beautiful, breath-taking sunrise.
- (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
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 *stunÅnÄ…, *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 stÃ¶na (“to moan, groan"), Icelandic stynja (“to moan"). Related also to Dutch stenen (“to groan"), German stÃ¶hnen (“to groan, moan"), German staunen (“to be astonished, be amazed, marvel at"). See also Occitan estonar, Old French estoner.