Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

son of a gun

play
noun \ˈsən-ə-və-ˌgən; as an interj ˌsən-ə-və-ˈgən\

Simple Definition of son of a gun

  • : a person (especially a man) or thing that you are annoyed with

  • —used by a man to address a male friend

  • —used to express mild surprise, disappointment, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of son of a gun

plural sons of guns

  1. —usually used as a mild or euphemistic alternative to son of a bitch ; sometimes used interjectionally to express surprise or disappointment

Examples of son of a gun in a sentence

  1. That son of a gun never called me back.

  2. I had to bring the car to the shop. The son of a gun broke down again.



1708

First Known Use of son of a gun

1708


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up son of a gun? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a smart aleck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

maudlin prompt angry oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ