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
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.comThe 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

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Other Words from gun

Noun

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

Synonyms for gun

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Did You Know?

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 Assistant Chief Chris Bailey has said a gun found near Reed appeared to have been fired at least twice. Rick Callahan, Star Tribune, "No charges against Indianapolis officer in fatal shooting," 10 Nov. 2020 Both cities say Yost’s office hasn’t updated the criminal background check system for gun purchases, even though his office is responsible for adding information about potential felons to the database. cleveland, "Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost signs off on Trump lawsuit that Pennsylvania should invalidate some votes: Capitol Letter," 10 Nov. 2020 Each of the district's campuses also has one electrostatic disinfectant gun, and additional disinfectant guns are now located at the transportation department where they will be used to clean the school district's buses. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, "North Little Rock district to clarify virtual-day rules," 9 Nov. 2020 Pequeen was arrested after fleeing the scene, and allegedly trying to hide the cellphones and gun, the sheriff’s office said. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Florida man facing capital murder charge after allegedly shooting girlfriend," 9 Nov. 2020 Hutto was being held on $250,000 bail after appearing before a Palm Beach County Judge via video conference on a manslaughter and gun charge. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Salt Life co-founder says gunplay led to 18-year-old woman's shooting death in hotel room: affidavit," 9 Nov. 2020 Biden promises to reverse Trump’s visa restrictions, reinstate protections against housing discrimination that Trump suspended, toughen gun laws, and build on Obamacare by adding a public health insurance option. Peter Coy, Bloomberg.com, "Bidenomics: What Middle-Class Joe Means for Business and the Economy," 9 Nov. 2020 This rimfire was meant to be a trainer, but makes a fine precision gun. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "10 Top Precision Rimfire Rifles for Competition and the Field," 9 Nov. 2020 As a young man, in the eighties, he was arrested on gun and drug charges, and acknowledges significant lived experience himself. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "What Makes the Difference Between Getting Out of Prison and Staying Out?," 9 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Other drivers speed up and gun their motors in apparent opposition to the views expressed. Donna Engle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Legal Matters: Constitution doesn’t provide specific remedy for police violence against individuals | COMMENTARY," 7 Nov. 2020 Dubon, playing center field, also made a costly throw when trying to gun down Nick Ahmed at third base after fielding Josh Rojas’ single, but Ahmed was safe and Rojas scooted to second. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants waste golden opportunities in 6-5 loss to Diamondbacks," 4 Sep. 2020 San Francisco police arrested two people in connection with with last week’s fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was gunned down in the city’s Portola neighborhood, officials said Wednesday. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco police arrest 2 in connection to fatal shooting in Portola neighborhood," 13 May 2020 In just four days, a GoFundMe for the Family Dollar security guard who was gunned down after turning a woman away for not wearing a mask has raised $342,000 over its goal. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "GoFundMe for Flint security guard killed over mask conflict raises $342K over goal," 7 May 2020 The Russian Embassy changed its official address to avoid the reference to Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin in 2015. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Prague mayor under police protection amid reports of Russian assassination plot," 27 Apr. 2020 Among the mourners was 25-year-old Derrick Marks who, just hours later, was fatally gunned down in a separate shooting in Irondale. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Deadly shooting at Center Point barber shop ruled justifiable," 28 Feb. 2020 Kadyrov’s circle has also been linked to the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was gunned down in 2015 close to the Kremlin. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "Chechen exile survives suspected assassination attempt after fighting off attacker," 27 Feb. 2020 Courtside Chatter ■ During Saturday’s home game against Hope (R.I.), New Mission honored former student Marquis Allien, who was gunned down on Jan. 23 in Boston. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "After his parting at Cathedral, Larry Merritt gained a new lease at Cristo Rey," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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Last Updated

13 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gun. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for gun

gun

noun
How to pronounce gun (audio)

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)

informal
US : to cause (a car or a car's engine) to go very fast by pressing the accelerator
US : 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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