Stun v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stunned p. pr. & vb. n. Stunning.]
1. To make senseless or dizzy by violence; to render senseless by a blow, as on the head.
One hung a poleax at his saddlebow,
And one a heavy mace to stun the foe. --Dryden.
2. To dull or deaden the sensibility of; to overcome; especially, to overpower one's sense of hearing.
And stunned him with the music of the spheres. --Pope.
3. To astonish; to overpower; to bewilder.
William was quite stunned at my discourse. --De Foe.
1. Overpowering consciousness; overpowering the senses; especially, overpowering the sense of hearing; confounding with noise.
2. Striking or overpowering with astonishment, especially on account of excellence; as, stunning poetry. [Slang] --C. Kingsley. -- Stun*ning*ly, adv. [Slang]
v 1: make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow; "stun fish"
2: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored
when I heard that I was promoted" [syn: shock, floor,
ball over, blow out of the water, take aback]
3: hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag [syn: sandbag]
4: overcome as with astonishment or disbelief; "The news
stunned her" [syn: bedaze, daze]
[also: stunning, stunned]
adj 1: commanding attention; "an arresting drawing of people
turning into animals"; "a sensational concert--one
never to be forgotten"; "a stunning performance" [syn:
2: causing great astonishment and consternation; "the strike
came as a stunning protest against management"; "a
3: causing or capable of causing bewilderment or shock or
insensibility; "laid the poor fellow senseless with one
stunning blow"; "a stunning detonation with volumes of
4: strikingly beautiful or attractive; "quite stunning with
large dark eyes and a beautiful high-bosomed figure";
"stunning photographs of Canada's wilderness areas"