Say, dunning, there's twenty-five pesoes for you, if you fix him good and proper.
I heard Mr dunning, as he passed me, apostrophising the night as dark as Erebus.
An intelligent Note, however, vindicates the reputation of dunning.
If you will have it so, Mr. dunning, you may stand watch to-night and I will go to the house.
The garrison of 8000 men was under the immediate command of Colonel dunning, of the 5th Ohio.
You were heard to say as much to-night at the dunning ranch.
Why are we to starve until this Mr. dunning has come and gone?
That evening Captain dunning supped with Ailie and his sisters in low spirits.
In my opinion, it would be a thousand pities not to see Mr. dunning to-night, and have done with him.
In five minutes I can have dunning here with the whole disreputable story.
"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."