- 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
Examples from the Web for dunning
"To avoid the rascally impertinence of dunning," answered the witness.
If you will put your men on horses, Mr. Dunning, they can help like everything.
“Miss Dunning, take the note-book,” begged Whispering Smith.
If you will have it so, Mr. Dunning, you may stand watch to-night and I will go to the house.
You were heard to say as much to-night at the Dunning ranch.
- (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
- 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 and History for dunning
"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."