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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).]


1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) an obsolete short musket with large bore and flared muzzle, used to scatter shot at short range
2. informal a clumsy unsubtle person
[C17: changed (through the influence of blunder) from Dutch donderbus; from donder thunder + obsolete bus gun]


(ˈblʌn dərˌbʌs)

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; < Dutch donderbus (=donder thunder + bus gun, box1) with donder replaced by blunder]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blunderbuss - a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzleblunderbuss - a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle
bell - the flared opening of a tubular device
musket - a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen


[ˈblʌndəbʌs] Ntrabuco m


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These dropping shots from the blunderbusses of blunderheadedness might not have hit him in a vital place.
My dear fellow," said Albert, turning to Franz, "here is an admirable adventure; we will fill our carriage with pistols, blunderbusses, and double-barrelled guns.
And pray," asked Franz, "where are these pistols, blunderbusses, and other deadly weapons with which you intend filling the carriage?
He added: "It is a worry when the government takes aim with shotguns and blunderbusses, whether intentionally or not, at free speech.
Despite the illustration in your third-grade "Spirit of America" workbook, Pilgrims did not carry blunderbusses.
Some instead of Carbines carry Blunderbusses, which are short Hand-guns of a great bore, wherein they may put several Pistol or Carabine-Balls, or small Slugs of Iron.
Each chapter focuses on one type of weapon: the Model 1795 musket, swivel gun and blunderbusses, short rifles, personal weapons, pistols, air rifle, edged weapons, and ammunition.
AROUND 20 blunderbusses - an early version of the shotgun - were sold at a specialist arms sale late last year.
They chase the protesters down the streets and alleys, firing birdshot from blunderbusses, while other protests spring up not far away.
I just wish our AMs wouldn't keep providing them with the ammo they need for their blunderbusses.
The shotgun has been a part of the American experience since the earliest colonists brought their muzzleloading smoothbore muskets and blunderbusses ashore in the New World.
So I drifted upstairs, past cases full of truly primitive weapons, including muskets, maces, clubs, polearms, blunderbusses, and God knows what.