or gun met·al



any of various alloys or metallic substances with a dark gray or blackish color or finish, used for chains, belt buckles, etc.
Also called gunmetal gray. a dark gray with bluish or purplish tinge.
a bronze formerly much used for cannon.
an alloy of 88 percent copper, 10 percent tin, and 2 percent zinc, cast or machined for use in valves, gears, and other parts.

Origin of gunmetal

First recorded in 1535–45; gun1 + metal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gunmetal

Contemporary Examples of gunmetal

  • The procession stretched for miles beneath a warm drizzle and a gunmetal gray sky.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Salute to a Noble Marine

    Mike Barnicle

    August 4, 2009

Historical Examples of gunmetal

  • Felix took from an inner pocket of his coat a gunmetal cigarcase.

  • In Fig. 36, a, a is the body of the apparatus, partly of gunmetal and partly of wood.

  • The whole should be of gunmetal, and, if the pipes to be used be of iron, screwed at the end.

    The Turkish Bath

    Robert Owen Allsop

  • The boat chocks are provided with gunmetal wheels, which run in transverse tracks sunk in the deck.

    An Unsinkable Titanic

    John Bernard Walker

  • The gyroscope is contained in a gunmetal case, and is driven by a jet of steam entering through the trunnions.

British Dictionary definitions for gunmetal



a type of bronze containing copper (88 per cent), tin (8–10 per cent), and zinc (2–4 per cent): used for parts that are subject to wear or to corrosion, esp by sea water
any of various dark grey metals used for toys, belt buckles, etc
  1. a dark grey colour with a purplish or bluish tinge
  2. (as adjective)gunmetal chiffon
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