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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English stunnyng, stunnynge, stounyng, equivalent to stun +‎ -ing.


stunning (comparative more stunning, superlative most stunning)

  1. Having an effect that stuns.
    The stunning jolt from the taser gun made the criminal stop fleeing.
  2. (informal) Exceptionally beautiful or attractive.
    That woman is stunning!
  3. (informal) Amazing; wonderfully good.
    The film was stunning.
    • 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in BBC[1]:
      So it was against the run of play that their London rivals took the lead two minutes before the interval through Drogba. He rolled William Gallas inside the area before flashing a stunning finish high past keeper Carlo Cudicini.



  1. present participle of stun

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English stunnyng, stonyng (also stoniynge, stonyynge), equivalent to stun +‎ -ing.


stunning (plural stunnings)

  1. The act by which a person or animal is physically stunned.
    • 2009, Kevin J. Anderson, The Ashes of Worlds
      He wished he had tens of thousands more troops under Andez's control so he could round up every one of these demonstrators. But it was futile to continue cracking down. The stunnings, beatings and arrests had only inflamed them further.