Definition of blunderbuss
1 : a muzzle-loading firearm with a short barrel and flaring muzzle to facilitate loading
2 : a blundering person
Examples of blunderbuss in a Sentence
leave it to that blunderbuss to bungle a job that a child could do
Recent Examples of blunderbuss from the Web
There were Nazis on the moon, time-traveling blunderbusses, Mandingoes, and for the love of John Carter, a vampire throwing a horse at Abraham Lincoln.
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Origin and Etymology of blunderbuss
by folk etymology from obsolete Dutch donderbus, from Dutch donder thunder + obsolete Dutch bus gun
First Known Use: 1654See Words from the same year
BLUNDERBUSS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blunderbuss for English Language Learners
: an old-fashioned kind of gun with a wide opening at the end
BLUNDERBUSS Defined for Kids
Definition of blunderbuss for Students
: 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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