blunderbuss


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blun·der·buss

 (blŭn′dər-bŭs′)
n.
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).]

blunderbuss

(ˈblʌndəˌbʌs)
n
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]

blun•der•buss

(ˈblʌn dərˌbʌs)

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; < 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
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blunderbuss

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I was in full career, when I heard the cough right overhead, and jumping back and looking up, beheld a man's head in a tall nightcap, and the bell mouth of a blunderbuss, at one of the first-storey windows.
"From whom is it?" asked the man with the blunderbuss.
I stood by for an instant, glorying in the thought that he could not hear me; the next, I saw what it was he was reaching up for - a bell-mouthed blunderbuss - and I knew the little devil for the impostor that he was.
One of the conductors of this novice held a rusty blunderbuss pointed towards his ear, and the other a very ancient sabre, with which he carved imaginary offenders as he came along in a sanguinary and anatomical manner.
We possessed every known engine, from the harpoon thrown by the hand to the barbed arrows of the blunderbuss, and the explosive balls of the duck-gun.
"I ask your honour's pardon," cries Partridge; "I spoke on your account more than my own; for as to me, Heaven knows my circumstances are bad enough, and I am so far from being afraid, that I value a pistol, or a blunderbuss, or any such thing, no more than a pop-gun.
A blunderbuss and two swords hung above the chimney-piece, for the terror of evil- doers, but the blunderbuss was rusty and shattered, and the swords were broken and edgeless.
The walls were decorated with several hunting-whips, two or three bridles, a saddle, and an old rusty blunderbuss, with an inscription below it, intimating that it was 'Loaded'--as it had been, on the same authority, for half a century at least.
"Oh, dear, what a blunderbuss I am!" exclaimed Jo, finishing Meg's glove by scrubbing her gown with it.
But Conkey was quick, too; for he fired a blunderbuss arter him, and roused the neighbourhood.
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.