- to make repeated and insistent demands upon, especially for the payment of a debt.
- a person, especially a creditor, who duns another.
- a demand for payment, especially a written one.
Origin of dun1
- dull, grayish brown.
- dark; gloomy.
Origin of dun2
Related Words for dundim, stormy, misty, muddy, dreary, cloudy, nebulous, dark, dismal, dirty, foggy, fuzzy, murky, shadowy, overcast, somber, dingy, gloomy, black, drab
Examples from the Web for dun
Contemporary Examples of dun
The challenge was set by HSBC, sponsors of the Open Championship, and filmed at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Dublin.Padraig Harrington's Hole-In-One, Blindfolded
July 15, 2014
Cognizant, headquartered in New Jersey, grew out of a partnership between Dun & Bradstreet and an Indian firm.Legal Outsourcing Within the United States
April 1, 2013
And the insurance fund run by the FDIC is replenishing itself without having to dun taxpayers.Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair Dishes (Video)
October 1, 2012
Historical Examples of dun
I dun'no' whether he is married or not, but there is a woman livin' there.Quaint Courtships
The three distinguished characters were a spendthrift, a bailiff, and a dun.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
"Da-da-dat is, er—I spec' so—er—I dun'no', ma'm," he stammered.Southern Lights and Shadows
Flame-colour is a mixture of auburn and dun; dun of white and black; yellow of white and auburn.Timaeus
I made sure he was going to dun, and that I should have to shuffle.
- (tr) to press or importune (a debtor) for the payment of a debt
- a person, esp a hired agent, who importunes another for the payment of a debt
- a demand for payment, esp one in writing
Word Origin for dun
- a brownish-grey colour
- a horse of this colour
- an immature adult mayfly (the subimago), esp one of the genus Ephemera
- an artificial fly imitating this or a similar fly
- of a dun colour
- dark and gloomy
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."