Definition of stupor in English:



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

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    • ‘The stupor of a homogeneous youth, as propagated through our media, thus becomes outdated.’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