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

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Other Words from shotgun

Noun

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

Examples of shotgun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The shotgun was found by a door with no ammunition inside. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Please shoot me': Armed Cudahy man tried to get officers to kill him after a domestic dispute, police say," 14 May 2020 Glynn County Police said Arbery and Travis were struggling over the shotgun before Travis fired the gun. al, "#IRunWithMaud: Alabama group hosts jogging event to honor Ahmaud Arbery," 7 May 2020 The confrontation led to a struggle over the shotgun, and the death of Arbery. Essence, "No Charges Yet For White Father And Son Who Killed Black Jogger," 29 Apr. 2020 Keep your head down and dig your cheek deeply into the shotgun’s stock. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "25 Top Spring Turkey Hunting Tips," 20 Apr. 2020 Maybe put the shotgun away to make more room in your inventory for requirements like keys? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Resident Evil 3 Remake review: Are we ready for pandemic nostalgia?," 30 Mar. 2020 Swindle left the apartment while armed with the shotgun, the news release said. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Wounded officer, slain gunman identified after Bryant shooting," 25 Dec. 2019 The Houston Chronicle identified the teen with the shotgun as 19-year-old Yair Gallegos. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Houston deputies say 3 would-be robbers killed after residence break-in," 24 Dec. 2019 Carr pumped the shotgun and began waving it around and the victim fled, according to police documents. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Man arrested after threatening another with a shotgun: Towson and Cockeysville area crime," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Post-Tribune, "Community calendar," 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, "Akron Snow Angels to hold golf outing fundraiser," 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, "Akron Snow Angels to hold golf outing fundraiser," 13 June 2017 Check-in at 11 a.m. followed by 1 p.m. shotgun start. Nick Roth, The Mercury News, "Golf events, tournaments, fundraisers," 7 June 2017

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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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The first known use of shotgun was in 1776

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Last Updated

24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shotgun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shotgun. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for shotgun

shotgun

noun
How to pronounce shotgun (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shotgun

: 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

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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