gunning

[ guhn-ing ]
/ ˈgʌn ɪŋ /

noun

the act, practice, or art of shooting with guns; gunnery.
the hunting of game with guns.

Origin of gunning

First recorded in 1555–65; gun1 + -ing1

Definition for gunning (2 of 3)

Origin of gun

1
1300–50; Middle English gunne, gonne, apparently short for Anglo-Latin Gunilda, gonnyld, name for engine of war; compare Old Norse Gunna, short for Gunnhildr woman's name

Related forms

gun·less, adjective

Definition for gunning (3 of 3)

gun

2
[ guhn ]
/ gʌn /

verb

past participle of gin3.

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British Dictionary definitions for gunning (1 of 2)

gunning

/ (ˈɡʌnɪŋ) /

noun

the act or an instance of shooting with guns
the art, practice, or act of hunting game with guns

British Dictionary definitions for gunning (2 of 2)

gun

/ (ɡʌn) /

noun


verb guns, gunning or gunned

See also gun for

Word Origin for gun

C14: probably from a female pet name shortened from the Scandinavian name Gunnhildr (from Old Norse gunnr war + hildr war)
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Idioms and Phrases with gunning

gun

In addition to the idiom beginning with gun

  • gun for
  • gung ho

also see:

  • 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

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