Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “be struck dumb”

be struck dumb

to be so surprised by something that you cannot say anything: We were struck dumb when she announced she was pregnant.Surprised
(Definition of be struck dumb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Surprised, but you might be interested in these topics from the Surprise and confusion topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “be struck dumb” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More