- a battery-powered, handheld weapon that fires an electric charge when held against a person and activated by a trigger or button, used, especially by police, to immobilize a person briefly and without injury.
- any of various handheld weapons that shoot small pellet-filled bags, tranquilizer darts, darts attached to electric wires, or the like to immobilize a person or animal briefly and without injury.
Origin of stun gun
First recorded in 1965–70
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Examples from the Web for stun gun
Tee whipped a stun-gun from inside his jacket and waved it at the clerk's back.
As his eyes turned downward, Tee swung the stun-gun in an arc that ended on the back of the guard's head.
Hoddan saw him happily and publicly pick the pockets of the stun-gun's victims.The Pirates of Ersatz
- a device designed to immobilize an animal or person temporarily without inflicting serious injury
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