How to sign shocked in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 4)

Sign Instructions:

Place the index and middle fingers of each hand against each other with your palms oriented toward each other. The back of the index and middle fingers of your non-dominant hand should be against your chin. Then, move your dominant hand down. This sign mimics a person's jaw dropping from shock.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for shocked
Extend your index and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for shocked
Extend your index and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 4)

Sign Instructions:

With your hand vertical and oriented toward yourself, place the fingertips of your index and middle fingers against your chin, and then move your hand down. This sign mimics a person's jaw dropping from shock.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for shocked
Extend your index and middle fingers with a slight curl, folding the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #3 (3 of 4)

Sign Instructions:

Tap the fingertip of the index finger of your dominant hand on the side of your forehead, then, with both hands in front of you with your palms oriented down, move your hands slightly down.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for shocked
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for shocked
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for shocked
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Sign #4 (4 of 4)

Sign Instructions:

With the pinkie side of your hands in front of your eyes, change your handshape to a "5" handshape, then back to a "S" handshape.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for shocked
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.
Dominant Handshape for shocked
Extend all fingers with a very slight curl, keeping them together as if showing the number five.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for shocked
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.
Non-Dominant Handshape for shocked
Extend all fingers with a very slight curl, keeping them together as if showing the number five.

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