verb (used with object), dunned, dun·ning.
Origin of dun1
Origin of dun2
Examples from the Web for dun
The challenge was set by HSBC, sponsors of the Open Championship, and filmed at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Dublin.
Cognizant, headquartered in New Jersey, grew out of a partnership between Dun & Bradstreet and an Indian firm.
And the insurance fund run by the FDIC is replenishing itself without having to dun taxpayers.
Against the dun sky his figure could be seen from head to foot.The Deemster|Hall Caine
I am obliged to you for the gentleness and moderation of your dun, considering how long I have been your debtor.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims|Andrew Steinmetz
My friend Dun, who had been badly wounded by a pangee (bamboo stake) had to be carried in.My Experiences in Manipur and the Naga Hills|James Johnstone
This latter place takes its name from the dun which occupied the hill-top between the Yeo and Creedy, which unite below it.A Book of the West. Volume I Devon|S. Baring-Gould
We dun move up from town first; had to—too high rents for we-all; now we dun stay hyar.The Woman Who Toils|Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
verb duns, dunning or dunned
Word Origin for dun
- an immature adult mayfly (the subimago), esp one of the genus Ephemera
- an artificial fly imitating this or a similar fly
adjective dunner or dunnest
Word Origin for dun
"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."