Hun


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Hun

 (hŭn)
n.
1. A member of a group of Central Asian nomadic pastoralist peoples who invaded Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries ad and were defeated in 455.
2. often hun A barbarous or destructive person.
3. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a German, especially a German soldier in World War I.

[From Late Latin Hunnī, the Huns, of Central Asian origin; akin to Sogdian xwn, Sanskrit hūṇaḥ, and Middle Chinese xuawŋ-nɔ (source of Mandarin Xiōngnú), a member of various Central Asian peoples or multiethnic confederations that conquered and raided the Eurasian steppes in late antiquity, probably from their self-designation .]

Hun·nic adj.

Hun

(hʌn)
n
1. (Peoples) a member of any of several Asiatic nomadic peoples speaking Mongoloid or Turkic languages who dominated much of Asia and E Europe from before 300 bc, invading the Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries ad
2. informal (esp in World War I) a derogatory name for a German2
3. informal a vandal
[Old English Hūnas, from Late Latin Hūnī, from Turkish Hun-yū]
ˈHunˌlike adj

Hun

(hʌn)

n.
1. a member of a pastoral people of the Eurasian steppes, who in the late 4th century a.d. began a course of alternating conflict and alliance with their Iranian and Germanic neighbors and the Roman Empire: they reached the height of their power in Europe under Attila in the 5th century, and then disappeared from history.
2. (often l.c.) a barbarous, destructive person; vandal.
3. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a German soldier in World War I or II.)
b. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a German.)
[before 900; singular of Huns, Old English Hūnas; akin to Late Latin Hunnī]
usage: The meanings represented by definitions 3a and 3b, though appearing mostly in historical contexts, are used with disparaging intent and are perceived as highly insulting, since the Germans are likened to the barbarous, warlike, destructive Huns of the 4th and 5th centuries.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hun - a member of a nomadic people who invaded Europe in the 4th centuryHun - a member of a nomadic people who invaded Europe in the 4th century
nomad - a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
2.Hun - offensive term for a person of German descent
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
German - a person of German nationality
Translations
hunnisakemanni

Hun

[hʌn] N
1. (Hist) → huno m
2. (pej) (= German) → tudesco m, alemán m

Hun

n
(Hist) → Hunne m, → Hunnin f
(pej inf)Teutone m (pej), → Teutonin f (pej), → Boche m (pej)

Hun

[hʌn] n (History) → Unno (offensive) (German) → crucco/a
References in classic literature ?
I dare say that I could throw myself over a precipice, like the Hun in the history books, if my courage to do it were questioned, and yet it would surely be pride and fear, rather than courage, which would be my inspiration.
The Hun smiled in his relief, passed a cheery word with his lieutenant, and then scanned the broad plain with his field glasses.
Returning to the rose garden, he stood among the Hun trampled blooms and bushes above the grave of his dead-with bowed head he stood there in a last mute farewell.
It was Olson who engaged him, and though unused to the long German rifle and bayonet, he met the bull-rush of the Hun with the cold, cruel precision and science of English bayonet-fighting.
They brought forcibly to one's mind the night of ages when the primeval man, evolving the first rudiments of cookery from his dim conscious ness, scorched lumps of flesh at a fire of sticks in the company of other good fellows; then, gorged and happy, sat him back among the gnawed bones to tell his artless tales of experience--the tales of hun ger and hunt--and of women, perhaps!
When the Huns lured the king into the great pit, he flung it away-- Procopius tells the story--nor was it ever found again, though the Emperor Anastasius offered five hundred-weight of gold pieces for it.
This may be so, for when the Magyars conquered the country in the eleventh century they found the Huns settled in it.
The legendary hosts of Goths and Huns, the hugest armies Asia has ever seen, would have been but a drop in that current.
Some talked of gray, bewhiskered hordes who were advancing with relentless curses and chewing tobacco with unspeakable valor; tremendous bodies of fierce soldiery who were sweeping along like the Huns.
No one but a nation of pirates, of ferocious and conscienceless huns, could have inaugurated such a campaign.
Then he would pass through the land of the Almains and the great Roman Empire, and so to the country of the Huns and of the Lithuanian pagans, beyond which lies the great city of Constantine and the kingdom of the unclean followers of Mahmoud.
We are pleased that Hun has selected DAX to underlie the first European ETF in China.