\ ˈdən How to pronounce dun (audio) \

Definition of dun

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : having a slightly brownish dark gray color : having the color dun (see dun entry 2 sense 2)
b of a horse : having a grayish-yellow coat with black mane and tail
2 : marked by dullness and drabness

Definition of dun (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a horse with a grayish-yellow coat and a black mane and tail : a dun horse
2 : a variable color averaging a nearly neutral slightly brownish dark gray
3 : a subadult mayfly also, fishing : an artificial fly tied to imitate such an insect


dunned; dunning

Definition of dun (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to make persistent demands upon for payment dunning their members for contributions
2 : plague, pester dunned by troubles literary and monetaryIrish Digest

Definition of dun (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : someone who makes persistent demands upon people for payment : a person who duns (see dun entry 3)
2 : an urgent request especially : a demand for payment

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dunness \ ˈdən-​nəs How to pronounce dunness (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of dun


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dun

Adjective and Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English dunn — more at dusk


origin unknown

Noun (2)

noun derivative of dun entry 3

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The first known use of dun was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dun. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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\ ˈdən How to pronounce dun (audio) \

Kids Definition of dun

: a slightly brownish dark gray

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