English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , stunien , stonien , from stounien 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 , *stunōną *stunjaną ( “ to sound, crash, bang, groan ” ), from Proto-Germanic *stenaną ( “ to moan, shout ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tona-, *(s)tena- ( “ to thunder, roar, groan ” ) (compare ). Cognate with thunder 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 steunen ( “ to groan; support ” ), German stöhnen ( “ to groan, moan ” ), German staunen ( “ to be astonished, be amazed, marvel at ” ), Russian стонать ( stonatʹ ), стена́ть ( stenátʹ, “ to moan, groan ” ). See also Occitan , estonar Old French , estoner English .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
stun ( third-person singular simple present , stuns present participle , stunning simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) 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.
( transitive ) 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 (and with or without sidespin) and continues at a natural angle after contact with the object ball
Translations [ edit ]
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stun ( , countable and uncountable plural )
The condition of being stunned.
That which stuns; a shock; a stupefying blow.
( Newfoundland ) A person who lacks intelligence. ( 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
Translations [ edit ]
the condition of being stunned
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