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Suppose you met a famous person, and you were shy and anxious and almost overwhelmed by them.

Is there a word for describing that? Similar to getting stage fright, or "choking", except in this case for a person?

When he said hello to me, I couldn't respond. I (was) __________.

  • When he said hello to me, I couldn't respond. I was revered. – Manish Dec 12 '14 at 13:23
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If it is specifically a famous person, you could use star-struck.

starstruck

/ˈstɑːstrʌk/

adjective

1. completely overawed by someone's celebrity status

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You might be overawed:

over·awe verb

: to make (someone) unable to think, speak, or behave normally because of a strong feeling of respect and fear

(Definition from Merriam-Webster.com)

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    You might also check out awestruck. – Nick2253 Dec 12 '14 at 6:34
  • @Nick2253, it struck me too. Why not post it as an answer. – Manish Dec 12 '14 at 13:32

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