To stun to render senseless as by a blow
- 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.
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.
(v. t.) To stun; to make senseless, as by a blow.
- (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.
It would astonish you to see how many words she learns in an hour in this pleasant manner.