Ways To Say I’m Shocked In English

Learn different ways to say I’m shocked in English. Or you’re surprised in English. 

Formal and informal words and phrases to help you express your emotions in English.

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Ways to say I'm shocked in English

Ways to say I'm shocked in English

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So what am I going to talk to you about today? Well, today the important part of this, we’re going to look at ways to say I’m shocked in English. So when we are shocked, we are also surprised. So ways in which we can say shocked or surprised in English.

Of course, you can just have an expression on your face, and you don’t have to say anything.

People will immediately know by the look on your face, that you’re somewhat shocked by what you’ve seen, or what you’ve heard or what somebody has said to you. However, there are lots of expressions and words that you can use in English.

I’m speechless

Meaning: usually, when you’re shocked, you have a sudden intake of breath and because of that it’s very hard to get the words out; you don’t know how to react to the news or what to say


I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say. I thought he would be here until he died.

I’m lost for words

Meaning: we use it when we’re shocked or surprised; could be either positive or negative


For Sarah’s 30s birthday, we surprised her with a birthday party. Her mum and sister also flew from Canada. She was lost for words.

Ways to say I'm shocked in English

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Meaning: quite a formal way to say that you’re really surprised


I’m absolutely astounded that your party would take this position.

I’m astounded that the government would see it’s appropriate to close the bicycle lanes.


Meaning: when you’re staggered, you’re caught off-balance by what somebody has said or has done


I’m staggered by the news that the robbers got away with 40 million of jewellery.

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I’m flabbergasted

Meaning: really surprised by whatever you’ve seen or whatever you’ve heard; you can’t really get the words out


I’ve won the first prize in that competition. I’m flabbergasted.

I’m gobsmacked 🇬🇧

Gob – very very slang word for your mouth

Meaning: so shocked or surprised that you cannot speak


When I opened the envelope, I got that promotion. I’ve forgotten all about it and was completely gobsmacked.

Ways to say I'm shocked in English


Meaning: somebody stopped you in your tracks and you can’t think for a minute


He was stunned by what he saw and shared the screenshot online.


Meaning: suddenly shocked or surprised by something; you could be startled by something you weren’t expecting


An unexpected pat on the shoulder got me startled.

Ways to say I'm shocked in English

taken aback

Meaning: you are so surprised or shocked by something that you cannot respond at once


I was taken aback by the reaction I got when I said we should all return to the office on the 1st of September.

my jaw dropped

Meaning: you had such a shock or such a surprise that your mouth opened


When he told me where he is working and the salary he is earning, my jaw dropped.

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I jumped out of my skin

Meaning: something or somebody suddenly shocks or surprises you so that your whole body jumps


Vanessa was sitting near the window peacefully watching the clouds go by when somebody patted her on the shoulder. She nearly jumped out of her skin. 

Claire jumped out of her skin when she saw a mouse in her bedroom.

there were raised eyebrows

Meaning: people around you were shocked or surprised by what you had to say


He announced his resignation during a half-year end presentation. There were raised eyebrows.

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