Definition of stupor in English:



in singular
  • A state of near-unconsciousness or insensibility.

    ‘a drunken stupor’
    • ‘The three boys discovered Mr Smith in a drunken stupor, sleeping on a barrel by the garage on Trowbridge Road.’
    • ‘Police found him at the flat, almost naked and in a drunken stupor.’
    • ‘He finds John in a drunken stupor in bed with this girl, and drags him off.’
    • ‘He would wear the sari and quickly tie up his long hair into a bun and appear on the stage in a drunken stupor.’
    • ‘Nowadays walking down the street, you can still see the occasional drunk lying in a stupor on the sidewalk.’
    • ‘The stupor of a homogeneous youth, as propagated through our media, thus becomes outdated.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, back on the stoep, both men are rooted to their chairs in what appears to be a catatonic stupor.’
    • ‘Last year, a good portion of the responsible people of Dublin chose to drink themselves into a stupor.’
    • ‘The drinker will be heading towards an alcoholic stupor, possibly experiencing jerking eye movements.’
    • ‘He builds a cabin in the woods to be alone and drink himself into a stupor.’
    • ‘Broken only by my forced scream to break the stupor of my condition.’
    • ‘I did end up drinking myself into a stupor - but it was in the middle of the room, and while talking to other people.’
    • ‘Just as the crowd were being lulled into a stupor, the Scottish team pounced in the 23rd minute.’
    • ‘The word Narcissus comes from the ancient Greek word narke which means a stupor.’
    • ‘I tiptoed up behind him, planning to scare him and snap him out of the stupor he was currently in.’
    • ‘Scooping his own jacket up, Shanza gave it a distracted shake and tossed it over his shoulders in a dazed stupor.’
    • ‘With sheer force of will, she held herself from sliding completely back into a stupor.’
    • ‘I had been in a daze, but now my anger was fired up, so strong and hot that it forced me out of the stupor.’
    • ‘Shaken, he pulled his car off the road and sat in a stupor for some time before turning back.’
    • ‘They had almost grown used to the odd stupor when the lift gave a sudden jolt and came to a stop.’
    daze, state of stupefaction, state of senselessness, state of unconsciousness
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Late Middle English from Latin, from stupere ‘be amazed or stunned’.