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lunge1

[luhnj]
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noun
  1. a sudden forward thrust, as with a sword or knife; stab.
  2. any sudden forward movement; plunge.
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verb (used without object), lunged, lung·ing.
  1. to make a lunge or thrust; move with a lunge.
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verb (used with object), lunged, lung·ing.
  1. to thrust (something) forward; cause to move with a lunge: lunging his finger accusingly.
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Origin of lunge1

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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lunge2

[luhnj]
noun, verb, lunged, lung·ing.
  1. longe.
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Origin of lunge2

variant of longe < French; see longe, lune2
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Related Words

poke, lurch, bound, leap, stab, thrust, dash, cut, hit, burst, drive, surge, jump, push, charge, plunge, pitch, strike, jab

Examples from the Web for lunging

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Historical Examples

  • It was a long sword, but length is an advantage in lunging at an enemy.

  • I looked up, spotted the latch on the door, and put everything I had into lunging at it.

    Greylorn

    John Keith Laumer

  • Surprised and maddened I sent in another blow, lunging to my full extent.

    The Thorogood Family

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • With a leap he was half way across the room and lunging for his double.

    Daughters of Doom

    Herbert B. Livingston

  • With one eye he gave us a greeting, while he kept the other on the lunging horses.

    A Tenderfoot Bride

    Clarice E. Richards


British Dictionary definitions for lunging

lunge1

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
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verb
  1. to move or cause to move with a lunge
  2. (intr) fencing to make a lunge
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Derived Formslunger, noun

Word Origin

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

lunge2

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

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 lunging

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.)).

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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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