Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “gun”

See all translations

gun

noun [C] uk   /ɡʌn/ us  
B1 a weapon that bullets or shells (= explosive containers) are fired from: The British police do not carry guns. You could hear the noise of guns firing in the distance. in sport, a device that makes a very loud sudden noise as a signal to start a race: At the gun, the runners sprinted away down the track. a device that you hold in your hand and use for sending out a liquid or object: a spray gun
See also
hired gun mainly US informal a person who is paid to shoot and kill someone
More examples

gun

verb [T] uk   /ɡʌn/ (-nn-) mainly US old-fashioned informal us  
to make an engine operate at a higher speed: You must have been really gunning the engine to get here on time.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of gun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of gun?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “gun” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More