Definition of Blunderbuss

1. Noun. A short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle.

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Generic synonyms: Musket



Definition of Blunderbuss

1. n. A short gun or firearm, with a large bore, capable of holding a number of balls, and intended to do execution without exact aim.

Definition of Blunderbuss

1. Noun. An old style of muzzleloading firearm and early form of shotgun with a distinctive large opening at the muzzle, therefore able to fire scattered quantities of nails, stones, shot, etc. at short range ¹

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Definition of Blunderbuss

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blunderbuss

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blunderbuss (current term)
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Literary usage of Blunderbuss

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1895)
"Knowing Nicol's fiery temper, he likened himself to ' a man travelling with a loaded blunderbuss at full cock' ..."

2. Essays on Chivalry, Romance, and the Drama by Walter Scott (1887)
"market-place, but at a window of his own cottage, which was close by it, where he stood in his fisherman's dress, with a loaded blunderbuss in his hand, ..."

3. A Concordance to the Works of Alexander Popeby Edwin Abbott by Edwin Abbott (1875)
"413 Nor less revere him, blunderbuss of L,. D. iii. 150 Give /. to Words, or war with Words alone D. iv. 178 When love is liberty, and nature /. ..."

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