- a sudden forward thrust, as with a sword or knife; stab.
- any sudden forward movement; plunge.
- to make a lunge or thrust; move with a lunge.
- to thrust (something) forward; cause to move with a lunge: lunging his finger accusingly.
Origin of lunge1
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Origin of lunge2
Related Words for lungepoke, lurch, bound, leap, stab, thrust, cut, spring, pass, charge, jump, swipe, swing, jab, dash, hit, burst, drive, surge, push
Examples from the Web for lunge
Contemporary Examples of lunge
Dawn Hochsprung was a beloved principal who lost her life trying to lunge at the gunman.Newtown Victims: Dawn Hochsprung, Vicki Soto & More
December 17, 2012
Think like a fencer: parry on Medicare; lunge at the stimulus.How Do You Win the VP Debate?
October 9, 2012
In effect, what I did was lunge and force the issue, thereby ruining the mood.The Love Guru
September 13, 2009
Historical Examples of lunge
He turned his back, and I saw his body go forward to the lunge.The Prisoner of Zenda
But Gregory's answer had been a lunge which the boy had been forced to parry.The Tavern Knight
A third stooped low with his hands on his hips that he might not lose a lunge or a parry.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
That lunge over the guard was a thing to be proud of; and, by Jove!Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
It seemed curious to Roger that the burro did not kick nor lunge.The Forbidden Trail
- a sudden forward motion
- fencing a thrust made by advancing the front foot and straightening the back leg, extending the sword arm forwards
- to move or cause to move with a lunge
- (intr) fencing to make a lunge
Word Origin for lunge
- a rope used in training or exercising a horse
- (tr) to exercise or train (a horse) on a lunge
Word Origin for lunge
1735, "a thrust with a sword," originally a fencing term, shortened from allonge, from French allonger "to extend, thrust," from Old French alongier "to lengthen, make long," from à "to" + Old French long, from Latin longus "long" (see long (adj.)).
1735 (implied in lunged), from lunge (n.). Sense of "to make a sudden forward rush" is from 1821. Related: Lunged; lunging.