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STOUND, v.2, n.2 Also stoon(d), stoun, stown. [stun]

I. v. 1. To stun, to stupefy, to make insensible with a blow (Ags., Per., Bwk., Lnk., Wgt., Slk. 1971), lit. and fig. Also in Eng. dial. Slk. 1822  Hogg Perils of Man II. vii.:
I gae him sic a knab on the temple, that he was stoundit.
Dmf. 1878  R. W. Thom Jock o' the Knowe 96:
Like a creature affliction has stooned.
Ags. 1946  D. Twitter Tales 35:
They begood tae say that I'd stoundit her wi' a stick.

2. To stupefy with noise or astonishment, to bewilder, daze. Also in Eng. dial. Kcb. 1814  W. Nicholson Tales 37:
Wi' sic a soun' my lugs were stown'd.
Slk. 1818  Hogg B. of Bodsbeck xii.:
Bumbased and stoundit at the view o' the lang Hopes an' the Downfa's o' Eternity.
Abd. 1826  D. Anderson Poems 52:
Like loudest thunder hark a voice, That stounds us from the shores o' Greece.
Edb. 1844  J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie viii.:
E'en your wife's tongue canna stound ye, Nor gar ye reist.
Gall. 1881  L. B. Walford Dick Netherby xv .:
Dinna ye mind hoo stooned I was.
Lnk. 1899  W. Wingate Poems (1919) 59:
The stoundit ear were fain O' the lilt o' a hamewart sang.
Lnk. 1926  W. Queen We're A' Coortin 67:
Sergeant, ye've fairly stooned me.

3. To resound, reverberate, ring with noise (Ags. 1971). Sc. 1724  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 13:
The least Noise stounds through his Ears like Death.
Mry. 1806  R. Jamieson Ballads I. 233:
The yowts That stound upon mine ear.
ne.Sc. 1836  J. Grant Tales 63:
The kelpie's weel kent lauch stounin' through the woods.
wm.Sc. 1854  Laird of Logan 176:
I'll make her lugs stoun wi' her carelessness.

II. n. 1. A stunning blow, lit. and fig., a stunner, a devastating start of surprise (Ags. 1971). Ayr. 1790  A. Tait Poems 194:
Gave sixty thousand a clean stoun.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 213:
But od! sic a stoond as he got when he came.
Ayr. 1879  J. White Jottings 270:
The stoun' that he gied me yestreen, When he poppit the question to me.
Wgt. 1885  G. Fraser Poems 45:
But the auld Pillar Cross . . . Is weel worth preserving frae damaging stoun'.
Fif. 1894  J. W. M'Laren Tibbie and Tam 24:
Tam lifted his heid, and clean through the roof it gaed. Sic a stoun!
ne.Sc. 1928  J. Wilson Hamespun 20:
Then wae! be the stoun that will gar them a' froon, When the waddin' comes aff o' my Willie an' me.
Edb. 1936  F. Niven Old Soldier iii.:
What a stound you gave me! You near stopped my heart.

2. A stupefying din, a resounding clamour, esp. of the noise of many waters (Ags. 1971). Cf. Stun, n. Dmf. 1837  Carlyle French Revol. I. v. iv.:
With what dolorous stound the noon-tide cannon went off.
Abd. 1847  W. Thom Poems 106:
Your daft brither brak in wi' a stoun', Maist frichtit our birdies away.
s.Sc. 1925  H. M'Diarmid Sangschaw 35:
For I sall hie me back to the sea And lie i' the stound o' its whirlpools.
Sc. 1933  W. Soutar Seeds in the Wind 38:
Owre ilka sound I hear the stound O' the loupin' waterspoot.

3. A stunned condition, a stupor, state of insensibility (Bnff., Abd., Ags., m.Lth., Dmf. 1971). Obs. in Eng. Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry 194:
Wi' its strang swing, the girdlet brither Syn in a stound did drap.
Bnff. 1968  Banffshire Advert. (8 Feb.) 8:
I jist mine gaun hame in a kin' a stoon.

[Mid.Eng. stund, to stun, stupefy, E.M.E. stound, stupefaction, prob. a reduced form of astound, O. Fr. estoner, to astomsh, cogn. with stun. N.E.D. connects meaning II. 2. with Stound, n.1, but this seems less likely, though formally the one word may have influenced the other.]

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