Definitions and meaning of gun
From Middle English gunne, gonne, from Lady Gunilda, a huge crossbow with a powerful shot, with the second part of the term being of Old Norse origin. It was later used to denote firearms. The name Gunnhildr and its multiple variations are derived from Old Norse gunnr (“battle, war”) + hildr (“battle”), which makes it a pleonasm. In the given context the woman's name means battle maid. See also Hilda, Gunilda, Gunhild, Gunhilda, Gunnhildr.
- enPR: gŭn, IPA(key): /ɡʌn/
- Rhymes: -ʌn
gun (plural guns)
- A device for projecting a hard object very forcefully; a firearm or cannon.
- Looking for wild meat to fill his family's freezer for the winter, the young man quietly raised up his gun at the approaching deer.
- 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.
- (figuratively) A firearm or cannon used for saluting or signalling.Wp
- It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. […]. He halted opposite the Privy Gardens, and, with his face turned skywards, listened until the sound of the Tower guns smote again on the ear and dispelled his doubts.
- A device operated by a trigger and acting in a manner similar to a firearm.
- Any implement designed to fire a projectile from a tube.
- A device or tool that projects a substance.
- A device or tool that applies something rather than projecting it.
- (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).
- 2000, Drew Kampion, surfline.com
- by the winter of 1962, the Brewer Surfboards Hawaii gun was the most in-demand big-wave equipment on the North Shore.
- (cellular automata) A pattern that "fires" out other patterns.
- 2010, Andrew Adamatzky, Game of Life Cellular Automata, p.74:
- Greene's period-416 2c/5 spaceship gun
- (colloquial, metonymically) A person who carries or uses a rifle, shotgun or handgun.
- (television) An electron gun.
- 2012, Brand Fortner, Theodore E. Meyer, Number by Colors (page 202)
- The problem is figuring out how to get the electrons from the red gun to hit only the red phosphors, the electrons from the blue gun to hit only the blue phosphors, and so on.
- (colloquial, usually in the plural) The biceps.
- (nautical, in the plural) Violent blasts of wind.
- (colloquial) An expert.
- (Australia, slang) Someone excellent, surpassingly wonderful, or cool.
gun (third-person singular simple present guns, present participle gunning, simple past and past participle gunned)
- (with “down”) To shoot someone or something, either literally (with a firearm) or figuratively (such as to put an end to something).
- 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.
- (transitive, intransitive, prison slang) To masturbate while observing and visible to a corrections officer.
- 2010, BNA's Employment Discrimination Report
- […] all inmates participated in such conduct, and […] "the inmates gunned only female staff, not the all-male security staff," he said.
From gunna, from gonna, from going to
- Nonstandard spelling of going to.
- I'm gun go get da gun from da closet.
- GNU, Ngu, UNG, Ung, gnu, nug
gun f (plural gonyow)
From Proto-Mongolic *gün, compare Mongolian гүн (gün).
- first-person singular present indicative of gunnen
- imperative of gunnen
- Rōmaji transcription of ぐん
Borrowed from Burmese ကုန် (kun)
- goods for sale
- Kurabe, Keita, “Phonology of Burmese loanwords in Jinghpaw”, in Kyoto University Linguistic Research, volume 35, 2016-12-31, DOI:10.14989/219015, ISSN 1349-7804, pages 91–128
- Nonstandard spelling of gǔn.
- Nonstandard spelling of gùn.
- English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.
gun m (genitive singular gunney, plural gunnaghyn)
- Alternative form of gunn
- Alternative form of gunne
- testicle, ball, bollock, egg, nut, orchis, testis
From Old Irish co.
- an t-amadan sin gun do thagh thu - That fool that you voted for
- am fear gum pòs aig an deireadh na mìosa - that man that will marry at the end of the month
- an taigh gu bheil aice - that house that she has
From Old Irish cen.
- gun teagamh - without a doubt
(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)
- 1911 (Birlinn Limited), Edward Dwelly: The Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary:
- to shoot with a gun (a portable firearm).
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)