blunderbuss

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noun blun·der·buss \ˈblən-dər-ˌbəs\

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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of blunderbuss

by folk etymology from obsolete Dutch donderbus, from Dutch donder thunder + obsolete Dutch bus gun


BLUNDERBUSS Defined for English Language Learners

blunderbuss

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Definition of blunderbuss for English Language Learners

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


BLUNDERBUSS Defined for Kids

blunderbuss

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noun blun·der·buss \ˈblən-dər-ˌbəs\

Definition of blunderbuss for Students

  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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