- (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 guns (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for guns
Police officials told the AP that they came out with guns blazing.
It sounds like from the PR [public relations] perspective they are sticking to their guns.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence|Shane Harris|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The NRA supports the open carry of guns in cafes, burrito shops, and the produce aisle.
They had no opportunity to draw their guns and may not have even realized the gunman was there.
Her Facebook photos could populate a tame “girls with guns” style calendar.
Hearing the report of our guns, the flock flew towards the wood for shelter.Snow Shoes and Canoes|William H. G. Kingston
They were returning from shooting, and had their guns in their hands.Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
Seemingly, as in answer to his question, from toward the front came the sudden roaring of thousands of guns.Aces Up|Covington Clarke
She hove to, and the next moment her guns thundered thirteen times.The Story of John Paul Jones|Chelsea Curtis Fraser
Machine-gun sections arrived with empty wagons; they had lost all their guns.A German deserter's war experience|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for guns (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for guns (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 guns
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