- a weapon consisting of a metal tube, with mechanical attachments, from which projectiles are shot by the force of an explosive; a piece of ordnance.
- any portable firearm, as a rifle, shotgun, or revolver.
- a long-barreled cannon having a relatively flat trajectory.
- any device for shooting something under pressure: a paint gun; a staple gun.
- Slang. a person whose profession is killing; professional killer: a gangland gun.
- British. a member of a shooting party.
- electron gun.
- (esp. in baseball) a player’s throwing arm.
- guns,the biceps or triceps of the arms: his big, muscular guns.
- to shoot with a gun (often followed by down): The guards gunned down the fleeing convict.
- to cause (an engine, vehicle, aircraft, etc.) to increase in speed very quickly by increasing the supply of fuel.
- to hunt with a gun.
- to shoot with a gun.
- gun for,
- to seek with intent to harm or kill.
- to seek; try earnestly to obtain: He is gunning for a raise.
- give the gun, Slang. to put into motion or speed up: We gave the motor the gun and drove off.
- jump the gun, Slang.
- to begin a race before the starting signal.
- to begin prematurely; act too hastily.
- spike someone's guns, to frustrate or prevent someone from accomplishing a plan: Our competitors planned a surprise reduction in their rates, but we discovered it and were able to spike their guns.
- stick to one's guns, to maintain one's position in the face of opposition; stand firm: They stuck to their guns and refused to submit.Also stand by one's guns.
- under the gun, under pressure, as to meet a deadline or solve a problem: We're all under the gun with these new sales quotas.
Origin of gun1
- past participle of gin3.
- cotton gin.
- a trap or snare for game.
- any of various machines employing simple tackle or windlass mechanisms for hoisting.
- a stationary prime mover having a drive shaft rotated by horizontal beams pulled by horses walking in a circle.
- to clear (cotton) of seeds with a gin.
- to snare (game).
Origin of gin2
- to begin.
Origin of gin3
- Also called gin rummy. a variety of rummy for two players, in which a player with 10 or fewer points in unmatched cards can end the game by laying down the hand.
- the winning of such a game by laying down a full set of matched cards, earning the winner a bonus of 20 or 25 points.
- to win a game in gin by laying down a hand in which all 10 cards are included in sets.
Origin of gin4
Related Words for gunpiece, rifle, cannon, pistol, shotgun, revolver, mortar, hardware, handgun, ordnance, musket, rod, difference, equalizer, Uzi, howitzer, persuader, blaster, magnum, flintlock
Examples from the Web for gun
Contemporary Examples of gun
“You can imagine the sound of that gun on a Bronx street,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
That act forever sealed his feeling for the Chief, bound it up with the war, with violence, with the gun.
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?
Frias—who was arrested in 2013 for interfering with public duties and public intoxication—was not carrying a gun at the time.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic
January 2, 2015
Yes, the gun: “While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
Historical Examples of gun
"This gun makes me even with you," said Robert, returning his look unflinchingly.
If you don't put down that gun in double quick time, you'll repent it.
He said he was out hunting with a friend, and his friend's gun went off accidentally.
"He had a gun shoved into the hollow of his throat," said Andy.
For the gun Andy had his Colt in the holster, and he knew it like his own mind.
- a weapon with a metallic tube or barrel from which a missile is discharged, usually by force of an explosion. It may be portable or mounted. In a military context the term applies specifically to a flat-trajectory artillery piece
- (as modifier)a gun barrel
- the firing of a gun as a salute or signal, as in military ceremonial
- a member of or a place in a shooting party or syndicate
- any device used to project something under pressurea grease gun; a spray gun
- US slang an armed criminal; gunman
- Australian and NZ slang
- an expert
- (as modifier)a gun shearer; a gun batsman
- go great guns slang to act or function with great speed, intensity, etc
- jump the gun or beat the gun
- (of a runner, etc) to set off before the starting signal is given
- informalto act prematurely
- spike someone's guns See spike 1 (def. 15)
- stick to one's guns informal to maintain one's opinions or intentions in spite of opposition
- (when tr, often foll by down) to shoot (someone) with a gun
- (tr) to press hard on the accelerator of (an engine)to gun the engine of a car
- (intr) to hunt with a gun
Word Origin for gun
- an alcoholic drink obtained by distillation and rectification of the grain of malted barley, rye, or maize, flavoured with juniper berries
- any of various grain spirits flavoured with other fruit or aromatic essencessloe gin
- an alcoholic drink made from any rectified spirit
Word Origin for gin
- a primitive engine in which a vertical shaft is turned by horses driving a horizontal beam or yoke in a circle
- Also called: cotton gin a machine of this type used for separating seeds from raw cotton
- a trap for catching small mammals, consisting of a noose of thin strong wire
- a hand-operated hoist that consists of a drum winder turned by a crank
- to free (cotton) of seeds with a gin
- to trap or snare (game) with a gin
Word Origin for gin
- an archaic word for begin
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Word Origin for gin
- Australian offensive, slang an Aboriginal woman
Word Origin for gin
mid-14c., gunne "an engine of war that throws rocks, arrows or other missiles," probably a shortening of woman's name Gunilda, found in Middle English gonnilde "cannon" and in an Anglo-Latin reference to a specific gun from a 1330 munitions inventory of Windsor Castle ("...una magna balista de cornu quae Domina Gunilda ..."), from Old Norse Gunnhildr, woman's name, from gunnr + hildr, both meaning "war, battle." First element from PIE *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane); for second, cf. Hilda.
The identification of women with powerful weapons is common historically (cf. Big Bertha, Brown Bess, Mons Meg, etc.); meaning shifted with technology, from cannons to firearms as they developed 15c. Great guns (cannon, etc.) distinguished from small guns (such as muskets) from c.1400. Applied to pistols and revolvers after 1744. Meaning "thief, rascal" is from 1858. Son of a gun is originally nautical. To jump the gun (1912, American English) is from track and field. Guns "a woman's breasts" (especially if prominent) attested by 2006.
"to shoot with a gun," 1620s, from gun (n.); the sense of "to accelerate an engine" is from 1930, from earlier phrase to give (something) the gun. Related: Gunned; gunning.
in slang phrase gin up "enliven, make more exciting," 1887, probably from earlier ginger up in same sense (1849), from ginger in sense of "spice, pizzazz;" specifically in reference to the treatment described in the 1811 slang dictionary under the entry for feague:
... to put ginger up a horse's fundament, and formerly, as it is said, a live eel, to make him lively and carry his tail well; it is said, a forfeit is incurred by any horse-dealer's servant, who shall shew a horse without first feaguing him. Feague is used, figuratively, for encouraging or spiriting one up.
"to begin," c.1200, ginnen, shortened form of beginnen (see begin).
"type of distilled drinking alcohol," 1714, shortening of geneva, altered (by influence of the similarity of the name of the Swiss city, with which it has no other connection) from Dutch genever "juniper" (because the alcohol was flavored with its berries), from Old French genevre, from Vulgar Latin *jeniperus, from Latin juniperus "juniper" (see juniper). Gin and tonic attested by 1873; gin-sling by 1790. Card game gin rummy first attested 1941 (described in "Life" that year as the latest Hollywood fad).
"machine for separating cotton from seeds," 1796, American English, used earlier of various other machineries, from Middle English gin "ingenious device, contrivance" (c.1200), from Old French gin "machine, device, scheme," shortened form of engin, from Latin ingenium (see engine). The verb in this sense is recorded from 1789.
In addition to the idiom beginning with gun
- gun for
- gung ho
- at gunpoint
- big cheese (gun)
- great guns
- hired gun
- hold a gun to someone's head
- jump the gun
- smoking gun
- son of a bitch (gun)
- stick to one's guns
- under the gun