- a sudden forward thrust, as with a sword or knife; stab.
- any sudden forward movement; plunge.
- to make a lunge or thrust; move with a lunge.
- to thrust (something) forward; cause to move with a lunge: lunging his finger accusingly.
Origin of lunge1
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Origin of lunge2
Examples from the Web for lunge
Dawn Hochsprung was a beloved principal who lost her life trying to lunge at the gunman.Newtown Victims: Dawn Hochsprung, Vicki Soto & More
December 17, 2012
Think like a fencer: parry on Medicare; lunge at the stimulus.How Do You Win the VP Debate?
October 9, 2012
In effect, what I did was lunge and force the issue, thereby ruining the mood.The Love Guru
September 13, 2009
He turned his back, and I saw his body go forward to the lunge.The Prisoner of Zenda
But Gregory's answer had been a lunge which the boy had been forced to parry.The Tavern Knight
A third stooped low with his hands on his hips that he might not lose a lunge or a parry.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
That lunge over the guard was a thing to be proud of; and, by Jove!Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
It seemed curious to Roger that the burro did not kick nor lunge.The Forbidden Trail
- a sudden forward motion
- fencing a thrust made by advancing the front foot and straightening the back leg, extending the sword arm forwards
- to move or cause to move with a lunge
- (intr) fencing to make a lunge
- a rope used in training or exercising a horse
- (tr) to exercise or train (a horse) on a lunge
Word Origin and History for lunge
1735, "a thrust with a sword," originally a fencing term, shortened from allonge, from French allonger "to extend, thrust," from Old French alongier "to lengthen, make long," from à "to" + Old French long, from Latin longus "long" (see long (adj.)).
1735 (implied in lunged), from lunge (n.). Sense of "to make a sudden forward rush" is from 1821. Related: Lunged; lunging.