[ duhn ]
/ dʌn /

verb (used with object), dunned, dun·ning.

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 dun

First recorded in 1620–30; origin obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for dunning (1 of 2)

/ (dʌn) /

verb duns, dunning or dunned

(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

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for dunning (2 of 2)

/ (dʌn) /


a brownish-grey colour
a horse of this colour
  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

of a dun colour
dark and gloomy

Word Origin for dun

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