He dunned them openly on the street so that they made a wide detour in order to avoid going past his store.
Twenty-five dollars, and, by heavens, he dunned me for it just after we started.
He had never borrowed from a friend or been dunned by an importunate tradesman.
I can stand to be dunned once in awhile, but I don't like to be frowned at.
Ivan, with his new millions—why had he not offered something, instead of letting himself be dunned?
Men are not dunned so rigorously when they have just fallen into their fortunes.
Bennoch has been dunned for his gas-bill at Blackheath (only a pound or two) and has paid it.
The profanity fell upon Nevins from both the duns and the dunned.
There are some small bills in the village, too, with which your happy husband must not be dunned, sweet love.
And Wyeth was one of these creatures who could not stand to be dunned.
"to insist on payment of debt," 1620s, perhaps related to dunnen "to sound, resound, make a din" (c.1200, dialectal variant of din), or shortened from dunkirk (c.1600) "privateer," a private vessel licensed to attack enemy ships during wartime, from Dunkirk, French port from which they sailed. The oldest theory traces it to a Joe Dun, supposedly a London bailiff famous for catching defaulters. Related: Dunned; dunning. As a noun from 1620s.
Old English dunn "dingy brown, dark-colored," perhaps from Celtic (cf. Old Irish donn "dark;" Gaelic donn "brown, dark;" Welsh dwnn "brownish"), from PIE *donnos, *dusnos "dark."