One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was staggered to hear she had a rival’
astonished, astounded, amazed, stunned, thunderstruck, shattered, flabbergasted, nonplussed, taken aback, startled, surprised, bewildered, shocked, shell-shocked, shaken, stupefied, open-mouthed
dumbfounded, dumbstruck, speechless, at a loss for words
dazed, benumbed, confounded, disconcerted, shaken up
informal bowled over, knocked for six, floored, flummoxed, caught on the hop, caught on the wrong foot, unable to believe one's ears, unable to believe one's eyes
British informal gobsmacked
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