- 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 Wordspoke, lurch, bound, leap, stab, thrust, dash, cut, hit, burst, drive, surge, jump, push, charge, plunge, pitch, strike, jab
Examples from the Web for lunging
Its teeth are now pointing toward my throat, and lunging straight at me.How to Catch a Giant Python
February 28, 2010
It was a long sword, but length is an advantage in lunging at an enemy.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
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
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
- 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 lunging
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.