Gun - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡʌn|  American pronunciation of the word gun
Brit.  |ɡʌn|  British pronunciation of the word gun


- a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
- large but transportable armament (syn: artillery, ordnance)
- a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability) (syn: gunman)
- a professional killer who uses a gun (syn: gunman, gunslinger, hitman, shooter, torpedo, triggerman)
- a hand-operated pump that resembles a pistol; forces grease into parts of a machine
- a pedal that controls the throttle valve (syn: accelerator, gas, throttle)
- the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies


- shoot with a gun


a gun battle between gang members and the police

She claimed that the gun went off accidentally.

She let the car coast down the hill, then gunned it.

The shortstop gunned the ball to first base.

Wilfred went pasty, indeed, thinking his host was going to gun him.

They wanted to be alert, gunning everything.

I could see he was carrying a gun.

I've never fired a gun in my life.

Jake was pointing a gun at the door.

Two policemen were killed in a gun battle.

Gun the engine!

two runners started before the gun

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gun
he/she/it: guns
present participle: gunning
past tense: gunned
past participle: gunned
singular: gun
plural: guns
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman