Definition of "shell-shocked" [shell-shocked]

  • Suffering from shell shock. (adjective)
  • Stunned, distressed, or exhausted from a prolonged trauma or an unexpected difficulty. (adjective)

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Use "shell-shocked" in a sentence
  • "By targeting mortgage lending, Mr. Clark said he can capture new customers neglected by U.S. banks still shell-shocked from the American housing bust."
  • "As shell-shocked residents shifted through the splinters of their homes, some vowed the town will return."
  • "Two people stumble past your window, shell-shocked."