lunge

1
[luhnj]

noun

a sudden forward thrust, as with a sword or knife; stab.
any sudden forward movement; plunge.

verb (used without object), lunged, lung·ing.

to make a lunge or thrust; move with a lunge.

verb (used with object), lunged, lung·ing.

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

Synonyms for lunge

lunge

2
[luhnj]

noun, verb, lunged, lung·ing.

Origin of lunge

2
variant of longe < French; see longe, lune2
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Examples from the Web for lunged

Contemporary Examples of lunged

Historical Examples of lunged

  • 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.

  • And at each utterance of the pronoun he lunged with his forefinger in the direction of his son.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini

  • 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



British Dictionary definitions for lunged

lunge

1

noun

a sudden forward motion
fencing a thrust made by advancing the front foot and straightening the back leg, extending the sword arm forwards

verb

to move or cause to move with a lunge
(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

a rope used in training or exercising a horse

verb

(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 lunged

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.)).

lunge

v.

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

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