gun

noun
\ ˈgən How to pronounce gun (audio) \

Definition of gun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a piece of ordnance usually with high muzzle velocity and comparatively flat trajectory
b : a portable firearm (such as a rifle or handgun)
c : a device that throws a projectile
2a : a discharge of a gun especially as a salute or signal
b : a signal marking a beginning or ending
3a : hunter
b : gunman
4 : something suggesting a gun in shape or function
5 : throttle
6 slang : a person's arm specifically : an arm that has well-defined muscles usually plural Conor was spotted rowing away from The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park Saturday with his girlfriend, Dee Devlin, and their cute son, Conor Jr. The famous fighter showed off his guns while handling the oars for his crew. TMZ.com The Heisman Trophy-winning and former NFL quarterback worked the stage the way he probably jabs through the weight room—whilst checking out his guns in the mirror … — Tory Barron
under the gun
: under pressure or attack

gun

verb
gunned; gunning

Definition of gun (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to fire on
b : shoot gunned down by a hit man
2a : to open up the throttle of so as to increase speed gun the engine
b : fire sense 3b gunned the ball to first base

intransitive verb

: to hunt with a gun
gun for
: to aim at or go after with determination or effort

Other Words from gun

Noun

gunned \ ˈgənd How to pronounce gun (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for gun

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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A ballista (a large missile-thrower in the form of a crossbow) that defended Windsor Castle in the 14th century was named in Latin Domina Gunilda, or “Lady Gunilda.” Gunilda is an Old Norse name and is a compound of gunnr and hildr, both words meaning “battle.” The English may have learned the name from early Norsemen who knew its etymological significance, or its use by the English may have been a coincidence. However, the use of this name for the Windsor ballista was not an isolated incident. Gonnylyde was the name of a cannon in a 14th century song. Our word gun, which also traces back to the 14th century, is probably a shortening of Gunilda.

Examples of gun in a Sentence

Noun a gun battle between gang members and the police She claimed that the gun went off accidentally. Verb She let the car coast down the hill, then gunned it. The shortstop gunned the ball to first base.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dunikoski said Tuesday that the McMichaels and Bryan threatened Arbery both with their trucks and by pointing a shotgun at him before the final confrontation in which Arbery threw punches and grabbed for the gun. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 24 Nov. 2021 The other suspect, who pointed a gun at the cashier, was not identified. Andrew Binion, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 Dunikoski said Tuesday that the McMichaels and Bryan threatened Arbery both with their pickup trucks and by pointing a shotgun at him before the final confrontation in which Arbery threw punches and grabbed for the gun. Russ Bynum, chicagotribune.com, 23 Nov. 2021 One side panel shows kids how to build a target range for the cardboard gun; the other features a message from Betty Crocker. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Dunikoski said Tuesday that the McMichaels and Bryan threatened Arbery both with their pickup trucks and by pointing a shotgun at him before the final confrontation in which Arbery threw punches and grabbed for the gun. Russ Bynum, ajc, 23 Nov. 2021 Defense attorneys suggested Rosenbaum lunged for Rittenhouse's gun. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 13 Nov. 2021 McMichael told police Arbery reached toward his pocket as if reaching for a gun. Russ Bynum, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Another witness, videographer Richie McGinniss, described Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse and lunging for Rittenhouse’s gun. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 11 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger challenged Rittenhouse's right to gun down the two victims that night. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, the guards were White, the state troopers dispatched to gun down the inmates were White — and the media covering the uprising was mostly White. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 The Palestinians come in and gun down 20 civilians with a machine gun. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 In a lot of situations, regulars say the key is to gun it through the waves, but nerves often make people do the opposite. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 The deputies followed through with instructions to gun down the animal and Buck was fatally shot with one round to the head. NBC News, 23 June 2021 The kind of itch that drives Whitney to gun it for Indy doesn’t just go away because of a cutout in the stands. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 10 May 2021 Within two decades, another madman would gun down President William McKinley. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 The same was true in 1988, when Myanmar erupted in pro-democracy dissent, only for the military to gun down thousands of people nationwide. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of gun

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1622, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for gun

Noun

Middle English gonne, gunne

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The first known use of gun was in the 14th century

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26 Nov 2021

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“Gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gun. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for gun

gun

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a weapon that shoots bullets or shells
: a tool or device that looks like a gun

gun

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gun (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (a car or a car's engine) to go very fast by pressing the accelerator
: to throw (something) very hard

gun

noun
\ ˈgən How to pronounce gun (audio) \

Kids Definition of gun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a weapon that fires bullets or shells
2 : cannon
3 : something like a gun in shape or function a glue gun
4 : a discharge of a gun The runners waited for the gun.

gun

verb
gunned; gunning

Kids Definition of gun (Entry 2 of 2)

: to open the throttle of quickly so as to increase speed gun the engine

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