dun

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[ duhn ]
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verb (used with object),dunned, dun·ning.
  1. to make repeated and insistent demands upon, especially for the payment of a debt.

noun
  1. a person, especially a creditor, who duns another.

  2. a demand for payment, especially a written one.

Origin of dun

1
First recorded in 1620–30; origin obscure

Words Nearby dun

Other definitions for dun (2 of 2)

dun2
[ duhn ]

adjective
  1. dull, grayish brown.

  2. dark; gloomy.

noun
  1. a dun color.

  2. a dun-colored horse with a black mane and tail.

Origin of dun

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English don, dun(ne), Old English dun; cognate with Old Saxon dun; probably of Celtic origin; compare Irish donn “dark,” Welsh dwnn “brownish”

Other words from dun

  • dunness, noun

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How to use dun in a sentence

  • Here the pair reached the "dun Cow" and retired to their respective quarters.

  • My spurs fairly lifted the dun horse, and we scuttled in the opposite direction like a scared antelope.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • My hand flew to mine as I jerked the dun up short, but I wasn't fast enough—and Hicks was too close.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • And as if the shout had reached high heaven, that instant the dun clouds parted.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • The tent had been old when Thyrsis got it, and as this was the third season he had used it, it was dark and dun of hue.

    Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for dun (1 of 2)

dun1

/ (dʌn) /


verbduns, dunning or dunned
  1. (tr) to press or importune (a debtor) for the payment of a debt

noun
  1. a person, esp a hired agent, who importunes another for the payment of a debt

  2. a demand for payment, esp one in writing

Origin of dun

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C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for dun (2 of 2)

dun2

/ (dʌn) /


noun
  1. a brownish-grey colour

  2. a horse of this colour

  1. angling

    • an immature adult mayfly (the subimago), esp one of the genus Ephemera

    • an artificial fly imitating this or a similar fly

adjectivedunner or dunnest
  1. of a dun colour

  2. dark and gloomy

Origin of dun

2
Old English dunn; related to Old Norse dunna wild duck, Middle Irish doun dark; see dusk

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