meaning of astonish

astonish meaning in General Dictionary

To stun to render senseless as by a blow

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  • impact with question
  • To stun; to render mindless, as by a blow.
  • To strike with sudden worry, terror, or wonder; to amaze; to shock significantly, much like one thing unaccountable; to confound with a few sudden emotion or passion.

astonish meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, astonien, from Old French estoner "to stun, daze, deafen, astound," from Vulgar Latin *extonare, from Latin ex- "out" + tonare "to thunder" (see thunder); so, literally "to go out of someone thunderstruck." The current form (influenced by English verbs in -ish, like distinguish, diminish) is attested from c.1530. Not surprising is thogh that she had been astoned [Chaucer, "Clerk's Tale"] Related: Amazed; astonishing; astonishingly.


astonish meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To stun; to make senseless, as by a blow.

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  • (v. t.) To strike with abrupt concern, horror, or question; to surprise; to surprise considerably, much like something unaccountable; to confound with a few sudden emotion or enthusiasm.

Sentence Examples with the word astonish

It would astonish you to see how many words she learns in an hour in this pleasant manner.

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