Stunned is an adjective derived from the verb annihilate: bewilder, surprise, or overwhelm. This action can also refer, according to the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), to minimize, overwhelm or humiliate.

For instance: “Opening the package, the boy was stunned”, “Have you heard what happened to Jorge? I’m stunned, I still can’t believe it ”, “I was stunned by the beauty of the landscape”.


When someone is very surprised, they are stunned.

Stunned concept

The concept of stunned, in this way, is usually associated with a state from shock or from perplexity. Generally, a person is stunned when they observe or discover something that they did not anticipate or did not expect. Take the case of a woman who leaves her job and, as she passes a bar, she sees her boyfriend making out with another man. Because she was unaware that her partner was cheating on her and was also unaware of his romantic interest in people of the same sex, the scene stunned the woman.

In the same way, we can underline that this word is synonymous with others such as surprised, astonished, astonished, stupefied, hallucinated, dumbfounded …


A stunned person is perplexed or shocked.

Examples in sport

At sporting events, the public is often stunned by surprising plays. If a footballer takes the ball in the area that his team defends, starts running towards the rival goal, evades six opponents and scores a goal, the spectators will be stunned at the ability of the athlete.

In this case, we can say that there are already many soccer players who have stunned the public with their plays, whose images are already part of the history of the world of sport. Thus, among those footballers we can highlight both Leo Messi and Romario, Ronaldinho, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr or even Luis Suárez, among others.

Stunned by art

We can also indicate that the public is stunned by the magic tricks that a magician performs in any show. And it is that the professional of magic manages in front of his eyes from making a person disappear to discovering a hidden letter to cutting an individual in two.

And that without forgetting that contemporary art is also capable of leaving us stunned by its originality, what its works represent, the spectacular nature of its colors, the sizes that some works can reach …

A negative or positive notion depending on the situation

As you can see, being stunned can be the consequence of something negative (the woman who discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her) or positive (the public marveled at the talent of a footballer). The state usually lasts a few seconds or minutes, although the individual can continue without leaving his astonishment despite the passage of time.

In recent years, the adjective annihilated has been used a lot to refer to how actor Alec Baldwin was with respect to a humorous performance he has made on television. It has exactly shaped an imitation of the then President of the United States, Donald Trump, which has had great success. Hence, it has been stated that he was stunned because he did not expect the avalanche of good reviews he has received.