stun gun

noun
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of stun gun

: a weapon designed to stun or immobilize (as by electric shock) rather than kill or injure the one affected

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First Known Use of stun gun

1967

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Definition of stun gun for English Language Learners

  • : a gun that produces an electric shock which makes someone unconscious or stops someone from moving


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