speargun

noun

spear·​gun ˈspir-ˌgən How to pronounce speargun (audio)
: a gun that shoots a spear and is used in spearfishing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As in the story, Domino shoots Largo with a speargun. John Mariani, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 The fish don’t typically try to swim away quickly when humans approach them, and some can even be caught with a diver’s bare hands, although they’re most often caught with a standard handheld net or a speargun. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Mar. 2022 Biannual speargun fishing competitions held at the San Marcos River, as well as almost weekly diving expeditions by the Texas A&M research team, are working to pluck the pesky Plecos out of the river each year by the thousands. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Mar. 2022 Emma Shearman held her speargun and focused on her breathing. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2020 But some younger men still hunt with lightweight spearguns, swimming out to sea and firing at close-range. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2019 Some younger men hunt with lightweight spearguns, swimming out to sea and firing at close-range. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, 18 Sep. 2019 But some younger men still hunt with lightweight spearguns, swimming out to sea and firing at close-range. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2019 Some younger men hunt with lightweight spearguns, swimming out to sea and firing at close-range. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, 18 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speargun was in 1951

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Cite this Entry

“Speargun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speargun. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

speargun

noun
spear·​gun -ˌgən How to pronounce speargun (audio)
: a gun that shoots a spear and is used for spearfishing

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