Staggering | Definition of Staggering by Merriam-Webster


stag·​ger·​ing | \ ˈsta-g(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce staggering (audio) \

Definition of staggering

: so great as to cause one to stagger : astonishing, overwhelming a staggering feat staggering medical bills

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Other Words from staggering

staggeringly adverb

Examples of staggering in a Sentence

The storm caused a staggering amount of damage. the staggering scope of the new construction on campus
Recent Examples on the Web This group, on average, earns a staggering 43% less per year than investors who do not trade options, do not have speculation as their primary objective, and do not use technical analysis. Hersh Shefrin, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 The latest example is NBC’s prime-time coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, which was down a staggering 42% from 2016, in part because viewers had so many online options to watch the competition live. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Gas station outages are mounting in Louisiana's two biggest cities, with a staggering 68.5% of the gas stations in Baton Rouge and 64.7% in New Orleans out of gas, according to outage reports compiled by GasBuddy. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 3 Sep. 2021 Grants finance a staggering 75% of Afghanistan's public spending, according to the World Bank. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Though the value of the broader crypto market has stayed virtually flat in the past week, Solana's price has surged a staggering 37%, lifting gains this year to nearly 70%. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 According to a Harris Poll survey by Ancestry, a staggering 72% of Americans surveyed have never heard of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 24 Aug. 2021 The number of youth younger than age 20 living with type 2 diabetes increased by a staggering 95%, according to the study. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2021 In March 2020, a staggering 25% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in one New York City health system died from it, according to one study. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of staggering

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staggering was in 1565

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14 Sep 2021

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“Staggering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of staggering

: very large, shocking, or surprising

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