What does blunderbuss mean?

blunderbuss meaning in General Dictionary

a quick gun or firearm with a large bore capable of holding many balls and designed to do execution without precise aim

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  • a quick musket of large bore with a flared muzzle
  • a brief gun or firearm, with a big bore, with the capacity of keeping some balls, and intended to do execution without specific aim.
  • A stupid, blundering fellow.

blunderbuss meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1650s, from Dutch donderbus, from donder "thunder" (Middle Dutch doner, donder, from Proto-Germanic *thunaraz; see thunder (letter.)) + coach "gun" (originally "box, tube"); changed by resemblance to blunder.


blunderbuss meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A quick weapon or firearm, with a sizable bore, with the capacity of keeping numerous balls, and designed to do execution without exact aim.

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  • (letter.) A stupid, blundering fellow.