[ bluhn-der-buhs ]
/ ˈblʌn dərˌbʌs /


a short musket of wide bore with expanded muzzle to scatter shot, bullets, or slugs at close range.
an insensitive, blundering person.

Origin of blunderbuss

1645–55; < Dutch donderbus (equivalent to donder thunder + bus gun, box1) with donder replaced by blunder. See harquebus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈblʌndəˌbʌs) /


an obsolete short musket with large bore and flared muzzle, used to scatter shot at short range
informal a clumsy unsubtle person

Word Origin for blunderbuss

C17: changed (through the influence of blunder) from Dutch donderbus; from donder thunder + obsolete bus gun
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