- 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
Examples from the Web for lunged
Last year he lunged at me with his fist and threatened to kill me again.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.
September 10, 2014
Once he lunged at a man trying to rob a convenience store, subduing him with his bare hands.Castro Street’s Hot Cop Is the Batman to Sexy Mug Shot Guy’s Joker
July 9, 2014
Cindy admits panic set in and she lunged for the phone again.Casey's Mother's Anguish
June 1, 2011
As he lunged forward, I instinctively drew back, crouching for a lethal blow.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
The onetime conservative who lunged left is now frustrated by a president he finds insufficiently liberal.Rush Limbaugh's TV Nemesis
December 20, 2010
Baumberger glared at him, and then lunged, his eyes like an animal gone mad.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Three or four times he lunged with incomparable dash and dexterity.The Prisoner of Zenda
And at each utterance of the pronoun he lunged with his forefinger in the direction of his son.The Suitors of Yvonne
For some moments he feinted and lunged, seeking an opening, however slight.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Effie lunged for it frantically, switched it off, darted back.The Moon is Green
Fritz Reuter Leiber
- 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
- a rope used in training or exercising a horse
- (tr) to exercise or train (a horse) on a lunge
Word Origin and History for lunged
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.