stun gun

noun

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

Examples of stun gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company has claimed that many lives have already been saved by police firing stun guns at suspects instead of firearms and is quick to share studies showing stun guns are often safe. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2024 A little later, the sergeant said Bodden got up after being shot with the stun gun. Jeff A. Chamer, Charlotte Observer, 30 May 2024 Two officers attempted to shoot the man with Taser stun guns, but the weapons had no effect, police said. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2024 In 2015, a 37-year-old woman died after Virginia deputies used a stun gun on her four times during an extraction. Christopher Damien, New York Times, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for stun gun 

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stun gun was in 1967

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“Stun gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stun%20gun. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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stun gun

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

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