- overcome with consternation; confounded; astounded: He was thunderstruck by the news of his promotion.
- Archaic. struck by a thunderbolt.
verb (used with object), thun·der·struck [thuhn-der-struhk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrʌk/, thun·der·struck or thun·der·strick·en [thuhn-der-strik-uh n] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/, thun·der·strik·ing.
- Archaic. to strike with a thunderbolt.
- to astonish; dumfound.
- completely taken aback; amazed or shocked
- rare struck by lightning
adj.1610s, from thunder (n.) + past tense of strike. Originally figurative; the literal sense always has been rare.