Blunderbuss meaning

blŭndər-bŭs
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A short musket of wide bore and flaring muzzle, formerly used to scatter shot at close range.
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A person who blunders.
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A person regarded as clumsy and stupid.
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A kind of musket with a short barrel, large bore, and a broad, flaring muzzle, accurate only at close range.
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An old style of muzzleloading firearm and early form of shotgun with a distinctive short, large caliber barrel that is flared at the muzzle, therefore able to fire scattered quantities of nails, stones, shot, etc. at short range.
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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