étonner

See also: êtonner

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French estonner, from Old French estoner (to be dizzy due to a violent blow), of obscure origin. Possibly from Old Frankish *stunōn (to make a loud sound), from Proto-Germanic *stunōną (to make a sound, groan), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ten- (to thunder, rustle, drone, groan). Cognate with Old English stunian (to crash, make a loud sound) (see stun); or from a hypothetical Latin *extonare (to thunder out), ultimate from the same Proto-Indo-European root; or a fusion of both.

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VerbEdit

étonner

  1. to surprise

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Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 23:01