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blunderbuss

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noun blun·der·buss \ˈblən-dər-ˌbəs\

Simple Definition of blunderbuss

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

Full Definition of blunderbuss

  1. 1 :  a muzzle-loading firearm with a short barrel and flaring muzzle to facilitate loading

  2. 2 :  a blundering person

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

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noun blun·der·buss \ˈblən-dər-ˌbəs\

Definition of blunderbuss

  1. :  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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