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Definitions of gun

gun (ɡʌn Pronunciation for gun



    1. a weapon with a metallic tube or barrel from which a missile is discharged, usually by force of an explosion. It may be portable or mounted. In a military context the term applies specifically to a flat-trajectory artillery piece
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ a gun barrel
  1. the firing of a gun as a salute or signal, as in military ceremonial
  2. a member of or a place in a shooting party or syndicate
  3. any device used to project something under pressure   ⇒ a grease gun, a spray gun
  4. (US, slang) an armed criminal; gunman
  5. (Australian & New Zealand, slang)
    1. an expert
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ a gun shearer, a gun batsman
  6. See go great guns

  7. See jump the gun

  8. See spike someone's guns

  9. See stick to one's guns


Word forms:  guns,  gunning,  gunned
  1. when tr, often foll by down to shoot (someone) with a gun
  2. (transitive) to press hard on the accelerator of (an engine)   ⇒ to gun the engine of a car
  3. (intransitive) to hunt with a gun

Word Origin

C14: probably from a female pet name shortened from the Scandinavian name Gunnhildr (from Old Norse gunnr war + hildr war)

Quotations including 'gun'

  • "They hesitateWe hesitate.They have a gun.We have no gun" [D.H. Lawrence
  • "God, Guts, and Guns made America Great" [U.S.bumper sticker]

gin2 (dʒɪn Pronunciation for gin2



  1. a primitive engine in which a vertical shaft is turned by horses driving a horizontal beam or yoke in a circle
  2. Also called: cotton gin. a machine of this type used for separating seeds from raw cotton
  3. a trap for catching small mammals, consisting of a noose of thin strong wire
  4. a hand-operated hoist that consists of a drum winder turned by a crank


Word forms:  gins,  ginning,  ginned
  1. to free (cotton) of seeds with a gin
  2. to trap or snare (game) with a gin

Derived Forms

ˈginner noun

Word Origin

C13 gyn, shortened from engine

gin3 (ɡɪn Pronunciation for gin3



Word forms:  gins,  ginning,  gan,  gun
  1. an archaic word for begin

Translations for 'gun'

  • British English: gunPronunciation for gun A gun is a weapon from which bullets or pellets are fired.He pointed the gun at officers as they chased him.ɡʌn NOUN
  • Arabic: بُنْدُقِيَةPronunciation for بُنْدُقِيَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: arma de fogoPronunciation for arma de fogo
  • Chinese: Pronunciation for 枪
  • Croatian: pištoljPronunciation for pištolj
  • Czech: zbraňPronunciation for zbraňstřelná
  • Danish: skydevåbenPronunciation for skydevåben
  • Dutch: geweerPronunciation for geweer
  • European Spanish: pistolaPronunciation for pistola
  • Finnish: asePronunciation for ase
  • French: fusilPronunciation for fusil
  • German: GewehrPronunciation for Gewehr
  • Greek: όπλοPronunciation for όπλο
  • Italian: arma da fuocoPronunciation for arma da fuoco
  • Japanese: Pronunciation for 銃
  • Korean: Pronunciation for 총
  • Norwegian: geværPronunciation for gevær
  • Polish: brońPronunciation for broń
  • Portuguese: arma de fogoPronunciation for arma de fogo
  • Romanian: armă arme
  • Russian: огнестрельное оружиеPronunciation for огнестрельное оружие
  • Spanish: pistolaPronunciation for pistola
  • Swedish: pistolPronunciation for pistol
  • Thai: ปืนPronunciation for ปืน
  • Turkish: silahPronunciation for silah
  • Ukrainian: пістолет
  • Vietnamese: súngPronunciation for súng

Example Sentences Including 'gun'

He had then driven to Estoril where there had been a disagreement, resulting in Wilshere shooting him with a gun probably kept in the safe.
Orsini was still firing, the barrel of the submachine gun braced against the side of the wheelhouse.
Jack Higgins THE KEYS OF HELL (2002)
Chavasse was aware of Orsini kneeling beside him, of Liri throwing the gun far out to sea.
Jack Higgins THE KEYS OF HELL (2002)


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