Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affected with sudden astonishment or amazement.

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  • adj. Astonished, amazed or so suddenly surprised as to be unable to speak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Struck, blasted, or injured by lightning.
  • Astonished; amazed; struck dumb by some surprising or terrible thing suddenly presented to the mind or view.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise

Etymologies

thunder + struck (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Given the book's meteorological theme, "thunderstruck" is probably the best fit.

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  • As the left field screen proclaimed during the top of the 9th inning, the Rangers were "thunderstruck".

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  • If the word "thunderstruck" did justice in any degree to the state of mind which we wish to describe we would gladly use it, but it does not.

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  • Fallis, reached on the phone after the winning book was declared, said he was "thunderstruck" at the decision.

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  • A fellow blogger reports that he was "thunderstruck" by the recent comments of another blogger who commented on the …

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  • I'm kind of thunderstruck by how many times the speculation has turned up this particular avenue since the big blaze (it's mentioned in the "where's Rockford?" thread, too).

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  • In THE OKLAHOMAN, Mike Baldwin writes "with 'thunderstruck' blaring over speakers inside Leadership Square, NBA players Desmond Mason and Damien Wilkins and a group of kids unveiled the Thunder logo Wednesday afternoon.

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  • You totter away from each section of his work thunderstruck both at the brilliance with which he dissects the real nature of sin, and at his fierce refusal to marshal the least scrap of self-defense ( "Oh -- we were just high-spirited boys!").

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  • Ready to get thunderstruck and shaken all night long?

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  • I watched the Who Killed The Electric Car documentary last night and was thunderstruck by the "ad" that GM made when California made them make electric cars against their will.

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  • It was a joke, just pointing out the literal denotation, as opposed to the figurative meaning. See also dumbstruck.

    June 27, 2007

  • At first I thought so too, but actually this makes sense because the word means startled, and loud thunder is awfully startling when it "strikes" you. When lightning strikes you, you're probably more likely to be dead than surprised. ;-)

    June 27, 2007

  • shouldn't it be lightningstruck?

    June 26, 2007