dun

1
[duhn]
See more synonyms for dun on Thesaurus.com
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for dunning

Historical Examples of 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.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • “Miss Dunning, take the note-book,” begged Whispering Smith.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • If you will have it so, Mr. Dunning, you may stand watch to-night and I will go to the house.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • You were heard to say as much to-night at the Dunning ranch.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman


British Dictionary definitions for dunning

dun

1
verb duns, 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

Word Origin for dun

C17: of unknown origin

dun

2
noun
  1. a brownish-grey colour
  2. a horse of this colour
  3. angling
    1. an immature adult mayfly (the subimago), esp one of the genus Ephemera
    2. an artificial fly imitating this or a similar fly
adjective dunner or dunnest
  1. of a dun colour
  2. dark and gloomy

Word Origin for dun

Old English dunn; related to Old Norse dunna wild duck, Middle Irish doun dark; see dusk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dunning

dun

v.

"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.

dun

adj.

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper