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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stunning mean? 

STUNNING (adjective)
  The adjective STUNNING has 4 senses:

1. commanding attention
2. causing great astonishment and consternation
3. causing or capable of causing bewilderment or shock or insensibility
4. strikingly beautiful or attractive

  Familiarity information: STUNNING used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

STUNNING (adjective)

Sense 1stunning [BACK TO TOP]


Commanding attention


arresting; stunning; sensational

Context examples:

an arresting drawing of people turning into animals / a sensational concert--one never to be forgotten / a stunning performance


impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)

Sense 2stunning [BACK TO TOP]


Causing great astonishment and consternation

Context examples:

the strike came as a stunning protest against management / a stunning defeat


surprising (causing surprise or wonder or amazement)

Sense 3stunning [BACK TO TOP]


Causing or capable of causing bewilderment or shock or insensibility

Context examples:

laid the poor fellow senseless with one stunning blow / a stunning detonation with volumes of black smoke


disorienting (causing loss of physical or intellectual bearings)

Sense 4stunning [BACK TO TOP]


Strikingly beautiful or attractive

Context examples:

quite stunning with large dark eyes and a beautiful high-bosomed figure / stunning photographs of Canada's wilderness areas


beautiful (delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration)

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