- (esp. in baseball) a player’s throwing arm.
- guns, the biceps or triceps of the arms: his big, muscular guns.
verb (used with object), gunned, gun·ning.
verb (used without object), gunned, gun·ning.
- to seek with intent to harm or kill.
- to seek; try earnestly to obtain: He is gunning for a raise.
- to begin a race before the starting signal.
- to begin prematurely; act too hastily.
Origin of gun1
Related formsgun·less, adjective
Definition for gunned (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for gunned
Alpha Team was killed, Faal told the FBI, while the Bravo members who were not gunned down fled.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Gurley was gunned down on Nov. 20, when a pair of cops was patrolling the rough housing project.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A 28-year-old gunned down in a dark, New York City hallway by a rookie cop who apparently made a fatal mistake.
He was gunned down the next year, at the age of 26, under mysterious circumstances.America’s Fastest Growing Death Holiday Is From Mexico|Michael Schulson|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the other activists attempted to escape and was gunned down.
She waved it wildly, then gunned the boat around neatly so that it slid into the dock.The Caves of Fear|John Blaine
Daniel Mauser was only 15 years old when he was gunned down at Columbine.
Stan gunned the engines and they caught, bursting into a perfect and unbroken stream of power.A Yankee Flier in Italy|Rutherford G. Montgomery
"Guess I gunned my new skin-diving jet a bit too hard," Tom said sheepishly.Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung|Victor Appleton
It came, and they gunned their engines together and went rocketing forward.Dave Dawson with the Commandos|R. Sidney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for gunned (1 of 2)
- having a gun or guns as specifiedheavily gunned
- (in combination)three-gunned
British Dictionary definitions for gunned (2 of 2)
- 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
- an expert
- (as modifier)a gun shearer; a gun batsman
- (of a runner, etc) to set off before the starting signal is given
- informal to act prematurely
verb guns, gunning or gunned
Word Origin for gun
Idioms and Phrases with gunned
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