ba·​zoo·​ka | \ bə-ˈzü-kə How to pronounce bazooka (audio) \

Definition of bazooka

: a light portable antitank weapon consisting of an open-breech smoothbore firing tube that launches an armor-piercing rocket and is fired from the shoulder

Examples of bazooka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The expectant dad walks into the backyard carrying a live chicken and a bazooka. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Overall, Washington has shot a 25-percent-of-GDP bazooka at the economy that exceeds even its response to the Great Depression. Brian Riedl, National Review, 7 May 2021 Shooting money out of a bazooka is not self-evidently what the state of America’s infrastructure calls for. Rich Lowry, National Review, 2 Apr. 2021 Armed with a bazooka, Atkinson ran from foxhole to foxhole in the snow while taking out five German tanks. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2021 At the center of the excitement is the Shelby's supercharged 5.2-liter V-8, which plays a thrilling soundtrack through its bazooka-like exhaust pipes. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 19 Feb. 2021 The game’s messaging is presented with all the subtlety of a shovel-launching bazooka. Boone Ashworth, Wired, 16 Nov. 2020 Hendrickson hammered home the game-winner like a downward bazooka to the kisser. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 15 Nov. 2020 Later that same day, Barfoot turned back a counterattack of three Nazi Tiger tanks by destroying the lead vehicle with a bazooka. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bazooka

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bazooka

after bazooka, a brass instrument popularized by the radio comedian Bob Burns during the 1930's, probably extended form of bazoo "kazoo," of imitative origin

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The first known use of bazooka was in 1943

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27 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bazooka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bazooka

: a military weapon that rests on a person's shoulder and fires small rockets at tanks


ba·​zoo·​ka | \ bə-ˈzü-kə How to pronounce bazooka (audio) \

Kids Definition of bazooka

: a portable gun that rests on a person's shoulder and consists of a tube open at both ends that shoots an explosive rocket

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