Looking for a word that would describe how excited a child would be meeting their hero and so overcome with the excitement they cannot form coherent questions or sentences. That the child would not understand the complexity of their hero's life.

  • I'll admit that a term is not coming to me. – Hot Licks May 15 at 2:58
  • When the child can't form coherent sentences, we may say that s/he is overwhelmed. Also, an excited child can become overexcited. – aparente001 May 15 at 5:04
  • @ aparente001 Agreed. I was hoping there was one word that would describe both. – Bob516 May 15 at 10:43
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    I would say my son was wonderstruck by Wolverine (at Universal Studios); he was more incredible than the Hulk. It's not perfect, but wonder is often associated with children ("wonder of a child"). It's just a comment; I'm not sure about it. – KannE May 15 at 16:45
  • @KannE. That might work. Thanks. – Bob516 May 15 at 17:20

wonderstruck (ODO)

(of a person) experiencing a sudden feeling of awed delight or wonder.

‘A world before which one has to relearn how to look, with the large wide-eyed gaze of a wonderstruck child.’

Not exactly a single word, but I offer this at the request of some rando:

giddy with excitement

They appear in a single context in the following:


Jason and the Argonauts

Translated by Aaron Poochigia (BOOK 1, page 10, 333-337):

Though crowds of giddy citizens had gathered round them, the heroes shone like starlight between clouds. The men who watched them marching under arms stood wonderstruck and muttered to each other... (Emphasis added.)

Yes, I found the Golden Fleece. It's epic.

  • @Mitch..."some rando"? LOL! That fall from grace... Now I'm just mean and you're anti-Icarian, but thanks for the edit. Nice. I knew it needed a definition but thought you should pick which one. – KannE May 16 at 12:42

Perhaps the child is dazzled by his/her hero from dazzle

to impress deeply; astonish with delight

or a synonym of dazzled (overawed, awestruck, dumbstruck, bowled over)


Im suggestion word is "keen" it preferably express more excitement.

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    It doesn't suggest "naive", though. – Hot Licks May 15 at 3:08

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