Meaning of GUN in English

I. ˈgən noun

Etymology: Middle English gonne, gunne

Date: 14th century


a. : a piece of ordnance usually with high muzzle velocity and comparatively flat trajectory

b. : a portable firearm (as a rifle or handgun)

c. : a device that throws a projectile


a. : a discharge of a gun especially as a salute or signal

b. : a signal marking a beginning or ending


a. : hunter

b. : gunman

4. : something suggesting a gun in shape or function

5. : throttle

• gunned ˈgənd adjective

- under the gun

II. verb

( gunned ; gun·ning )

Date: 1622

transitive verb


a. : to fire on

b. : shoot

gunned down by a hit man


a. : to open up the throttle of so as to increase speed

gun the engine

b. : fire 3b

gunned the ball to first base

intransitive verb

: to hunt with a gun

- gun for

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.