[ bloh-guhn ]
See synonyms for blowgun on
  1. a pipe or tube through which darts or other missiles are blown by the breath.

Origin of blowgun

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; blow2 + gun1

Words Nearby blowgun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use blowgun in a sentence

  • Aynin stated that seven blowgun arrows are first prepared, including a small one only a hand-length (awhil) long.

  • He is a handsome little fellow and spends his whole time hunting birds with blowgun and arrow.

    Myths of the Cherokee | James Mooney
  • But he vastly preferred to go out for long walks with his blowgun, his net, and his collecting boxes.

    By Sheer Pluck | G. A. Henty
  • Frank placed the blowgun to his mouth, and in a moment his pellet struck the animal smartly on the side of the head.

    By Sheer Pluck | G. A. Henty
  • Their weapons are the bow and arrow and the blowgun or sumpitan, here called “sumpit.”

    Negritos of Zambales | William Allan Reed

British Dictionary definitions for blowgun


/ (ˈbləʊˌɡʌn) /

  1. the US word for blowpipe (def. 1)

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