noun Etymology: by folk etymology from obsolete Dutch donderbus, from Dutch donder thunder + obsolete Dutch bus gun Date: 1654 1. a muzzle-loading firearm with a short barrel and flaring muzzle to facilitate loading 2. a blundering person

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  • Blunderbuss — Blunderbuss …   Википедия

  • Blunderbuss — Blun der*buss, n. [Either fr. blunder + D. bus tube, box, akin to G. b[ u]chse box, gun, E. box; or corrupted fr. D. donderbus (literally) thunder box, gun, musket.] 1. A short gun or firearm, with a large bore, capable of holding a number of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blunderbuss — 1650s, from Du. donderbus, from donder thunder (M.Du. doner, donder, from P.Gmc. *thunaraz) + bus gun (originally box, tube ), altered by resemblance to blunder …   Etymology dictionary

  • blunderbuss — ► NOUN 1) historical a short large bored gun. 2) an unsubtle and imprecise action or method. ORIGIN Dutch donderbus thunder gun …   English terms dictionary

  • blunderbuss — [blun′dərbus΄] n. [Du donderbus < donder, THUNDER + bus, gun (orig., box or tube): altered by assoc. with BLUNDER] 1. [Historical] a kind of musket with a short barrel, large bore, and a broad, flaring muzzle, accurate only at close range 2. a …   English World dictionary

  • Blunderbuss — An English flintlock blunderbuss. For the EP, see Blunderbuss (EP). For the Cornish giant, see Blunderbore. The blunderbuss is a muzzle loading firearm with a short, large caliber barrel, which is flared at the muzzle and frequently throughout… …   Wikipedia

  • blunderbuss — UK [ˈblʌndə(r)ˌbʌs] / US [ˈblʌndərˌbʌs] noun [countable] Word forms blunderbuss : singular blunderbuss plural blunderbusses an old fashioned gun with a long barrel that is very wide at the end …   English dictionary

  • blunderbuss — /blun deuhr bus /, n. 1. a short musket of wide bore with expanded muzzle to scatter shot, bullets, or slugs at close range. 2. an insensitive, blundering person. [1645 55; < D donderbus (equiv. to donder THUNDER + bus gun, BOX1) with donder… …   Universalium

  • Blunderbuss — Das Handrohr (auch Hand , Stangen oder Donnerbüchse; kurze Version Faustrohr, Faustbüchse; Spezialversionen Feuer oder Kugellanze, Orgelbüchse, Standrohr) war die erste Handfeuerwaffe, die von einem Mann allein transportiert und abgefeuert werden …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • blunderbuss — noun Old style of firearm with a distinctive large opening at the muzzle, therefore able to fire quantities of nails, stones, shot, etc …   Wiktionary

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