lunge

1
[luhnj]
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verb (used without object), lunged, lung·ing.
  1. to make a lunge or thrust; move with a lunge.
verb (used with object), lunged, lung·ing.
  1. to thrust (something) forward; cause to move with a lunge: lunging his finger accusingly.

Origin of lunge

1
1725–35; earlier longe for French allonge (noun; construed as a longe), allonger (v.) to lengthen, extend, deliver (blows) < Vulgar Latin *allongāre, for Late Latin ēlongāre to elongate
Can be confusedlong longe lounge lunge

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lunge

2
[luhnj]
noun, verb, lunged, lung·ing.
  1. longe.

Origin of lunge

2
variant of longe < French; see longe, lune2
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Related Words for lunge

poke, lurch, bound, leap, stab, thrust, cut, spring, pass, charge, jump, swipe, swing, jab, dash, hit, burst, drive, surge, push

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Contemporary Examples of lunge

Historical Examples of lunge

  • He turned his back, and I saw his body go forward to the lunge.

  • But Gregory's answer had been a lunge which the boy had been forced to parry.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • 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!

  • It seemed curious to Roger that the burro did not kick nor lunge.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie


British Dictionary definitions for lunge

lunge

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noun
  1. a sudden forward motion
  2. fencing a thrust made by advancing the front foot and straightening the back leg, extending the sword arm forwards
verb
  1. to move or cause to move with a lunge
  2. (intr) fencing to make a lunge
Derived Formslunger, noun

Word Origin for lunge

C18: shortened form of obsolete C17 allonge, from French allonger to stretch out (one's arm), from Late Latin ēlongāre to lengthen. Compare elongate

lunge

2
noun
  1. a rope used in training or exercising a horse
verb
  1. (tr) to exercise or train (a horse) on a lunge

Word Origin for lunge

C17: from Old French longe, shortened from allonge, ultimately from Latin longus long 1; related to lunge 1
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Word Origin and History for lunge
n.

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.)).

v.

1735 (implied in lunged), from lunge (n.). Sense of "to make a sudden forward rush" is from 1821. Related: Lunged; lunging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper