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4 results for: blunderbuss

4 results for: blunderbuss
blun·der·buss      [bluhn-der-buhs] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
1.a short musket of wide bore with expanded muzzle to scatter shot, bullets, or slugs at close range. insensitive, blundering person.

[Origin: 1645–55; < D donderbus (equiv. to donder thunder + bus gun, box1) with donder replaced by blunder. See harquebus] Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
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blun·der·buss       (blŭn'dər-bŭs')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A short musket of wide bore and flaring muzzle, formerly used to scatter shot at close range.
  2. A person regarded as clumsy and stupid.

[Alteration of Dutch donderbus : donder, thunder (from Middle Dutch doner; see (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots) + bus, gun (from Middle Dutch busse, tube, from Latin buxis, box; see box1).]

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1654, from Du. donderbus, from donder "thunder" + bus "gun" (originally "box, tube"), altered by resemblance to blunder.

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a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle 

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