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shotgun

noun shot·gun \ ˈshät-ˌgən \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of shotgun

1 : a smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges
2 : an offensive football formation in which the quarterback plays a few yards behind the line of scrimmage and the other backs are scattered as flankers or slotbacks

shotgun

transitive verb

shotgunner

play \ˈshät-ˌgə-nər\ noun

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First Known Use of shotgun

1776

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shotgun

adjective

Definition of shotgun

1 : of, relating to, or using a shotgun
2 : involving coercion
3 : covering a wide field with hit-or-miss effectiveness

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First Known Use of shotgun

1892

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHOTGUN Defined for English Language Learners

shotgun

Definition of shotgun for English Language Learners

  • : a gun with a long barrel that shoots a large number of small metal balls (called buckshot)

  • American football : an offensive formation in which the quarterback is a few yards behind the line of scrimmage at the start of a play


SHOTGUN Defined for Kids

shotgun

noun shot·gun \ ˈshät-ˌgən \

Definition of shotgun for Students

: a gun with a long barrel used to fire shot at short range


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