shotgun

noun
shot·​gun | \ ˈshät-ˌgən How to pronounce shotgun (audio) \

Definition of shotgun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually smoothbore shoulder weapon capable of 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

adjective

Definition of shotgun (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from shotgun

Noun

shotgun transitive verb
shotgunner \ ˈshät-​ˌgə-​nər How to pronounce shotgun (audio) \ noun

Examples of shotgun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the children took the shotgun from Jason Phipps after the shooting, according to police testimony. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 22 June 2022 With Watson playing so much out of the shotgun, will the Browns have to make major adjustments? cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Short runs out of the shotgun are the manure created by a herd of angry bison on Catalina. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2022 On the other end of the shotgun was Dexter's own son, Harrison (Jack Alcott). Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2022 But the key components are simply the subclass tree, the separated melee bindings, Wormgod and the shotgun. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 The Cardinals had a bad snap from Max Garcia when Kyler Murray was in the shotgun on third-and-7 at the Cardinals' own 11 with 4:25 left in the first half. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 26 Dec. 2021 In May, Johnny Manziel, now 29, lined up in the shotgun behind his three-man offensive line on a narrow, indoor football field. Noah Smith, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 One of the children took the shotgun from Jason Phipps after the shooting. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Last season, Jackson went under center on just five drop-backs, while the Ravens’ primary ball-carriers had just 24 carries in non-shotgun looks. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 3 June 2021 In 2019, in non-shotgun formations, Jackson had 19 drop-backs and combined with Ravens running backs for 27 carries, according to Sports Info Solutions. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 3 June 2021 Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Post-Tribune, 7 July 2017 Outing highlights include: Registration, lunch and a putting contest (noon) Shotgun start (1:30 p.m.) Dinner (6:30 p.m.) Proximities, skins, awards and a 50/50 raffle Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, 13 June 2017 Outing highlights include: Registration, lunch and a putting contest (noon) Shotgun start (1:30 p.m.) Dinner (6:30 p.m.) Proximities, skins, awards and a 50/50 raffle Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, 13 June 2017 Check-in at 11 a.m. followed by 1 p.m. shotgun start. Nick Roth, The Mercury News, 7 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of shotgun

Noun

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

28 Jun 2022

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“Shotgun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shotgun. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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shotgun

noun
shot·​gun | \ ˈshät-ˌgən How to pronounce shotgun (audio) \

Kids Definition of shotgun

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

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