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a demand for payment
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done – finished: all done for the day; cooked completely: Soup’s done.
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tr.v. dunned, dun·ning, duns
To importune (a debtor) for payment: a dunning letter.
1. One that duns.
2. An importunate demand for payment.
1. An almost neutral brownish gray to dull grayish brown.
2. A horse of this color.
a. A mayfly in its first winged stage.
b. An fishing fly that imitates such an insect.
[Middle English, from Old English dunn, perhaps of Celtic origin.]
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vb, duns, dunning or dunned
(Banking & Finance) (tr) to press or importune (a debtor) for the payment of a debt
1. (Professions) a person, esp a hired agent, who importunes another for the payment of a debt
2. (Banking & Finance) a demand for payment, esp one in writing
[C17: of unknown origin]
1. (Colours) a brownish-grey colour
2. (Colours) a horse of this colour
3. (Angling) angling
a. an immature adult mayfly (the subimago), esp one of the genus Ephemera
b. an artificial fly imitating this or a similar fly
adj, dunner or dunnest
4. (Colours) of a dun colour
5. dark and gloomy
[Old English dunn; related to Old Norse dunna wild duck, Middle Irish doun dark; see dusk]
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v. dunned, dun•ning,
1. to make repeated demands upon, esp. for the payment of a debt.n.
2. a person, esp. a creditor, who duns another.
3. a demand for payment, esp. a written one.
[1620–30; orig. obscure]
1. dull grayish brown or grayish yellow.
2. dark; gloomy.n.
3. a dun color.
4. a dun-colored horse with a black mane and tail.
[before 1000; Middle English dun(ne), Old English dunn]
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Past participle: dunned
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|Noun||1.||dun - horse of a dull brownish grey color|
|2.||dun - a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color; "she wore dun"|
light brown - a brown that is light but unsaturated
|Verb||1.||dun - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"|
madden - drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
hamstring - make ineffective or powerless; "The teachers were hamstrung by the overly rigid schedules"
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
|2.||dun - persistently ask for overdue payment; "The grocer dunned his customers every day by telephone"|
demand - request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager"
|3.||dun - cure by salting; "dun codfish"|
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
cure - prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve; "cure meats"; "cure pickles"; "cure hay"
|4.||dun - make a dun color|
darken - make dark or darker; "darken a room"
|Adj.||1.||dun - of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color; "the dun and dreary prairie"|
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
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noun & adjective muddy coloured, khaki, brownish, mousy, greyish-brown her dun mare see shades of brown
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dun1 [dʌn] ADJ → pardo
dun2 [dʌn] VT to dun sb → apremiar a algn para que pague lo que debe (fig) → dar la lata a algn
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adj → graubraun
n → Graubraun nt
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dun[dʌn] adj → bigio/a, grigiastro/a
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