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Middle English[edit]


Of uncertain origin; either (1) in the earlier normal form *astunien, from Old English *āstunian, from ā- + stunian (to resound), or (2) from Old French estoner, from Latin as if *extono, equivalent to attonare (to strike with a thunderbolt, stun, asonish) (chiefly in pp. attonitus), from ex (out) + tono (to thunder).


astonen (third-person singular simple present astoneth, present participle astonende, simple past and past participle astoned)

  1. to astonish


  • aston in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911