[ guhn-flint ]
/ ˈgʌnˌflɪnt /


the flint in a flintlock.

Origin of gunflint

First recorded in 1725–35; gun1 + flint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gunflint

  • The glory of the rabbits remains, but the gunflint trade was, of course, vanished.

    Through East Anglia in a Motor Car|J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
  • The wines had the dry smack of gunflint and the bouquet of powder, and the company imbibed freely.

  • It was one of those cases in which one has to resort to the gunflint.

    Columba|Prosper Merimee

British Dictionary definitions for gunflint


/ (ˈɡʌnˌflɪnt) /


a piece of flint in a flintlock's hammer used to strike the spark that ignites the charge
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