Blunderbuss Definition

blŭndər-bŭs
blunderbusses
noun
A kind of musket with a short barrel, large bore, and a broad, flaring muzzle, accurate only at close range.
Webster's New World
A person who blunders.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Blunderbuss

Noun

Singular:
blunderbuss
Plural:
blunderbusses

Origin of Blunderbuss

  • Alteration of Dutch donderbus donder thunder (from Middle Dutch doner (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots) bus gun (from Middle Dutch busse tube) (from Latin buxis box box1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch donderbus (“blunderbuss”, literally “thunder gun”). Altered under the influence of blunder.

    From Wiktionary

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