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 After marching 87 yards in 11 plays, Minnesota comes out in shotgun formation on the Dallas 3. cleveland, "Kevin Stefanski wants a healthy ‘marriage’ between run and pass. What might that look like for the Browns? -- Film review," 15 Jan. 2020 Trailing by 20-17 after a 50-yard Jake Elliott field goal, Jones had a low shotgun snap bounce off his hands deep in his own territory. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Eagles Pull Away From Giants, Clinching a Playoff Spot," 29 Dec. 2019 Brett Hundley, pressed into service following a hamstring injury to starting quarterback Kyler Murray, took the snap out of Arizona’s familiar shotgun formation. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals backup QB Brett Hundley ready for more action if called upon," 25 Dec. 2019 Offense Center Ben Garland’s shaky shotgun snaps were an issue. SFChronicle.com, "Game grades from the 49ers’ 34-31 win over the Rams," 21 Dec. 2019 After a shotgun snap to Jackson, Mekari pulled around right guard — or tried to, anyway. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens film study: After a limited ground game vs. Bills, linemen have good reason to be upset with officiating," 11 Dec. 2019 The play featured some misdirection, with Melvin Gordon heading around the right end and Ekeler criss-crossing the opposite way in front of quarterback Philip Rivers, who was in the shotgun formation. Los Angeles Times, "Chargers’ Austin Ekeler fumbles another chance to score touchdown just before end zone," 6 Oct. 2019 The second sign was blasted with 317 bullets or shotgun pellets before the Emmett Till Memorial Commission officials removed it. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "We Found Photos of Ole Miss Students Posing With Guns in Front of a Shot-Up Emmett Till Memorial. Now They Face a Possible Civil Rights Investigation.," 25 July 2019 The shotgun pellets stuck in our tree go deeper year by year. courant.com, "CT Poets’ Corner: The prose poetry of Charles Rafferty reflects life’s tiny moments," 18 July 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

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shotgun.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shotguns. Accessed 26 January 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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