Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Affected with sudden astonishment or amazement.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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  • adjective as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise

Etymologies

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thunder + struck

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

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

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  • shouldn't it be lightningstruck?

    June 26, 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

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

    June 27, 2007