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blunderbuss

noun blun·der·buss \ˈblən-dər-ˌbəs\

: an old-fashioned kind of gun with a wide opening at the end

Full Definition of BLUNDERBUSS

1
:  a muzzle-loading firearm with a short barrel and flaring muzzle to facilitate loading
2
:  a blundering person
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Examples of BLUNDERBUSS

  1. <leave it to that blunderbuss to bungle a job that a child could do>

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Origin of BLUNDERBUSS

by folk etymology from obsolete Dutch donderbus, from Dutch donder thunder + obsolete Dutch bus gun
First Known Use: 1654
BLUNDERBUSS Defined for Kids

blunderbuss

noun blun·der·buss \ˈblən-dər-ˌbəs\

Definition of BLUNDERBUSS for Kids

:  a short gun that has a barrel which is larger at the end and that was used long ago for shooting at close range without taking exact aim

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