lunge

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noun

1
: a quick thrust or jab (as of a sword) usually made by leaning or striding forward
2
: a sudden forward rush or reach
made a lunge to catch the ball
3
: an exercise in which a person in a standing position steps forward into a position in which the front knee is deeply bent while keeping the torso erect and then returns back to the starting position
also : a similar exercise in which the initial movement is to the side rather than forward

Note: A lunge can be done while holding weights or without weights.

lunge

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verb

lunged; lunging

intransitive verb

1
: to make a lunge : move with or as if with a lunge
2
: to perform a lunge exercise (see lunge entry 1 sense 3)

transitive verb

: to thrust or propel (something, such as a blow) in a lunge

Examples of lunge in a Sentence

Noun He made a lunge at me with his knife. He made a desperate lunge for the ball. Verb He lunged at me with his knife. She lunged across the table. The crocodile lunged at its prey. The dog lunged for his throat. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Arti Kumari, 22, crouched on a dusty dirt track in a runner’s lunge, waiting to spring forward as soon as her mother started the clock. Shalini Venugopal Bhagat Andrea Bruce, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2023 Crescent Lunge Place one knee down on the ground and the other foot planted in front of you in a lunge. Alyssa Sparacino, Men's Health, 24 Aug. 2023 Each involved a lunge for dominance in a globally significant region. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 26 Jan. 2024 As for coming up short: Lawrence’s lunge off a fourth-down sneak didn’t quite reach the goal-line, leaving the Jaguars down 28-20 with four minutes left. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2024 Then, work to get more and more lunges each time. 5. Jenny McCoy, Health, 4 Dec. 2023 The goat’s loose skin made the dog’s lunges at its throat ineffective, flummoxing the dog, and the goat couldn’t work out why the dog — in lieu of head-butting back with its horns — kept nipping from beneath. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 Such exercises include squats and side lunges and can eliminate 50% to 80% of non-contact ACL injuries. Tom Farrey, Time, 17 July 2023 Experienced riders are welcome to haul over their horse for a day in Griffith, a lunge in the Pollywog or a roll in Martinez Arena. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023
Verb
Then the big cat lunges forward and slams its sizable paws against the window with a thud. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2024 The other boy drew a knife and lunged at the woman, according to a police account. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 Photos show the black and white predators lunging from the water as a seemingly minuscule dolphins leaps over them, barely evading their toothy jaws. Moira Ritter, Sacramento Bee, 26 Jan. 2024 In 1994, a scare occurred during a visit to Sydney, Australia, by Britain’s Prince Charles as college student David Kang lunged at the prince, firing two blank shots from a starter’s pistol. Chicago Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 Surveillance footage from a wildlife camera set up in the community showed the moment a big alligator emerged from the lake and lunged at both Serge and her dog. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 25 Jan. 2024 Bingo lunged forward, thrusting her arm out and thumb down. Alyson Krueger Martina Tuaty, New York Times, 12 Dec. 2023 Prosecutors say McGrew, a Marine and veteran of the Iraq War, screamed at officers and lunged for the baton of one. The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2024 As soon as it was laid on the ground, my boy lunged at it with a markedly un-royal passion and scarfed it all down within a matter of minutes. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

modification of French allonge extension, reach, from Old French alonge, from alongier to lengthen, from Vulgar Latin *allongare, from Latin ad- ad- + Late Latin longare, from Latin longus long

First Known Use

Noun

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1772, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lunge was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Lunge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lunge. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

lunge

1 of 2 noun
1
: a sudden stretching thrust or pass (as with a sword)
2
: a sudden forward rush or reach

lunge

2 of 2 verb
lunged; lunging
1
: to move with or as if with a lunge
2
: to make a lunge (as with a sword)

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