Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stun, paralyse, astound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stun; to bewilder; to astonish; to dismay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stun, as with a blow.
  • To astonish; terrify; confound.

Etymologies

From Middle English astonien, astunien, equivalent to a- +‎ stun. See also astone, astonish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So she comes right willingly, being fond o 'me to an extent that did oft seem to astony the mother that bore her (seeing that _she_ was fond o' naught save her own way); she comes, and she perches upon my knee (as sometimes thou shalt see a hawk rest wings on a bull's back), and she kittles my throat with her long brown fingers, and hugs me about the neck (the jade!

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