noun \ˈlənj\

: a sudden forward movement

Full Definition of LUNGE

:  a quick thrust or jab (as of a sword) usually made by leaning or striding forward
:  a sudden forward rush or reach <made a lunge to catch the ball>

Examples of LUNGE

  1. He made a lunge at me with his knife.
  2. He made a desperate lunge for the ball.

Origin of LUNGE

modification of French allonge extension, reach, from Old French alonge, from alongier to lengthen, from Vulgar Latin *allongare, from Latin ad- ad- + Late Latin longare, from Latin longus long
First Known Use: 1748

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: to move or reach forward in a sudden, forceful way


Full Definition of LUNGE

intransitive verb
:  to make a lunge :  move with or as if with a lunge
transitive verb
:  to thrust or propel (as a blow) in a lunge

Examples of LUNGE

  1. He lunged at me with his knife.
  2. She lunged across the table.
  3. The crocodile lunged at its prey.
  4. The dog lunged for his throat.

First Known Use of LUNGE



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