- The definition of a gun is a weapon with a metal tube that fires bullets or other explosives, or a device with a tube that shoots objects at a target.
- An example of a gun is a rifle.
- An example of a gun is what a person would use to shoot water at a target in a carnival game.
- Gun is defined as to shoot a person or thing, or to press the gas pedal in a car to speed up quickly.
- An example of gun is a hunter shooting a deer; gun down a deer.
- An example of gun is a robber getting his car to speed away from a crime scene to get away from the police; gun the engine.
A gun with bullets.
- a weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is discharged by the force of an explosive; specif.,
- technically, a heavy weapon with a relatively long barrel fixed in a mount, as a cannon or machine gun
- a rifle
- ☆ popularly a pistol or revolver
- any similar device not discharged by an explosive: an air gun
- a discharge of a gun in signaling or saluting
- anything like a gun in shape or use
- ☆ Slang gunman (sense )
- Slang the throttle of an engine
Origin of gunMiddle English gunne, gonne, contr. ; from gonnilde, a 14th-c. cannon ; from Old Norse Gunnhildr, feminine name (; from gunnr, older form of guthr, war + hildr, battle)
- ☆ Informal to shoot (a person) intentionally: with down
- Slang to advance the throttle of (an engine) so as to increase the speed
- an important and influential person
- a high-ranking military officer
give it the gun☆
Origin of gunfrom the resemblance of early airplane accelerators to the trigger of a gun
go great guns
- to hunt for with a gun
- to look for in order to shoot or harm
- Slang to try to get; seek
jump the gunInformal
- to begin a race before the signal has been given
- to begin anything before the proper time
spike someone's guns
stick to one's guns
under the gun
- A weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is fired at high velocity into a relatively flat trajectory, especially:a. A portable firearm, such as a rifle or revolver.b. A cannon with a long barrel and a relatively low angle of fire.
- A device resembling a firearm or cannon, as in its ability to project something, such as grease or paint, under pressure or at great speed.
- A discharge of a firearm or cannon as a signal or salute: heard the guns honoring the leader.
- One who is armed with or skilled in the use of a gun.
- The throttle of an engine, as of an automobile.
- guns Slang The biceps muscles of the arms.
verbgunned gunned, gun·ning, guns
- To shoot (a person): a bank robber who was gunned down by the police.
- To open the throttle of (an engine) so as to accelerate: gunned the engine and sped off.
Origin of gunMiddle English gonne, cannon, short for Gunilda, woman's name applied to a siege engine, from Old Norse Gunnhildr, woman's name : gunnr, war; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots + hildr, war.
- A device for projecting a hard object very forcefully; a firearm or cannon.
- A very portable, short firearm, for hand use, which fires bullets or projectiles, such as a handgun, revolver, pistol, or Derringer.
- A less portable, long firearm, bullet or projectile firing; a rifle, either manual, automatic or semi-automatic; a flintlock, musket or shotgun.
- (military) A cannon with relatively long barrel, operating with relatively low angle of fire, and having a high muzzle velocity.
- (military) A cannon with a 6-inch/155mm minimum nominal bore diameter and tube length 30 calibers or more. See also: howitzer; mortar.
- A device operated by a trigger and acting in a manner similar to a firearm.
- There are some guns that are not designed for killing.
- Any implement designed to fire a projectile from a tube.
- air-pressure pellet gun; air rifle; BB gun; zipgun; nail gun; a potato gun
- A device or tool that projects a substance.
- a squirt gun; a spray gun; a grease gun
- A device or tool that applies something rather than projecting it.
- a rivet gun; a screw gun; a price-label gun
- (surfing) A long surfboard designed for surfing big waves (not the same as a longboard, a gun has a pointed nose and is generally a little narrower).
- (cellular automata) A pattern that "fires" out other patterns.
- (colloquial) A man who carries or uses a rifle, shotgun or handgun.
- (colloquial, usually plural) The biceps.
- (nautical, in the plural) Violent blasts of wind.
(third-person singular simple present guns, present participle gunning, simple past and past participle gunned)
- (with “down”) To shoot someone or something, usually with a firearm.
- He gunned down the hitmen.
- The CEO gunned down that idea before we could present it to the board.
- To speed something up.
- He gunned the engine.
- To offer vigorous support to a person or cause.
- He’s gunning for you.
- To seek to attack someone; to take aim at someone.
- He's been gunning for you ever since you embarrassed him at the party.
- To practice fowling or hunting small game; chiefly in participial form: to go gunning.
Middle English Lady Gunilda which was a huge crossbow that used powerful shot. It later became used for firearms like cannons and muskets. The Germanic woman’s name “Gundahild” , cognate to modern Scandinavian Gunhild, means “war" + "battle maid”.
- (eye dialect, nonstandard) A verb used to express future action.
- I'm gun go get da gun from da closet.