stun gun

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noun

a battery-powered, handheld weapon that fires an electric charge when held against a person and activated by a trigger or button, used, especially by police, to immobilize a person briefly and without injury.
any of various handheld weapons that shoot small pellet-filled bags, tranquilizer darts, darts attached to electric wires, or the like to immobilize a person or animal briefly and without injury.

Nearby words

  1. stumpsucker,
  2. stumpwork,
  3. stumpy,
  4. stun,
  5. stun grenade,
  6. stung,
  7. stunk,
  8. stunner,
  9. stunning,
  10. stunningly

Origin of stun gun

First recorded in 1965–70

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Examples from the Web for stun gun

  • As his eyes turned downward, Tee swung the stun-gun in an arc that ended on the back of the guard's head.

    Faithfully Yours|Lou Tabakow
  • Hoddan saw him happily and publicly pick the pockets of the stun-gun's victims.

    The Pirates of Ersatz|Murray Leinster
  • Tee whipped a stun-gun from inside his jacket and waved it at the clerk's back.

    Faithfully Yours|Lou Tabakow


British Dictionary definitions for stun gun

stun gun

noun

a device designed to immobilize an animal or person temporarily without inflicting serious injury
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