blunderbuss

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blunderbuss a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blunderbuss A short gun or firearm, with a large bore, capable of holding a number of balls, and intended to do execution without exact aim.
    • Blunderbuss A stupid, blundering fellow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blunderbuss A short gun or firearm with a large bore and funnel-shaped muzzle, capable of holding a number of balls or slugs, and intended to be used at a limited range without exact aim. It has been long obsolete in civilized countries.
    • n blunderbuss A stupid, blundering person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blunderbuss blun′dėr-bus a short hand-gun with a wide bore.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Either fr. blunder, + D. bus, tube, box, akin to G. büchse, box, gun, E. box,; or corrupted fr. D. donderbus,literally) thunder box, gun, musket
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of Dut. donderbusdonder, thunder, bus, a box, barrel of a gun, a gun; Ger. donnerbüchse.

Usage

In literature:

Twice during that day's march had the blunderbuss exploded owing to its owner's inexperience in fire-arms.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
For the same reasons the blunderbuss proved to be more effectual than the rifle.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
The man, for man he was, though more like a huge baboon than a human creature, levelled a blunderbuss at Devereux's head.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
So you might as well give him a blunderbuss and slugs at once.
"Handy Andy, Volume One" by Samuel Lover
Hey, Swords and Daggers, Blunderbusses and Pistols, shall I bear this?
"The City Bride (1696)" by Joseph Harris
He had brought with him a blunderbuss, which he averred had been used by his great-grandfather at the battle of Culloden.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
They were armed with everything from staves, blunderbusses, old forty-fours and Sharps rifles to machine guns.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The barrel of the pistol looked as big as a blunderbuss.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
A short kind of blunderbuss with a large bore, to carry several musket or pistol bullets; it was much used on boat service.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
But this time the butler heard him and came down with his blunderbuss, and the robbers ran off.
"Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs
Rufus was so astonished that he did not think of using his blunderbuss; he simply whistled.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Shots from cannons and blunderbusses rent the smoke of battle with long red tongues.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
I would a great deal rather have had it one of the old-fashioned kind with a blunderbuss.
"Eyebright" by Susan Coolidge
Sirrah, you're a Blunderbuss.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
Regular old blunderbuss, ain't you?
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
But upon casting my bewildered glance downward I found myself staring squarely into the mouth of a blunderbuss.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
Both turned to face the threatening muzzle of an ancient blunderbuss.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The devil was firing a cracked blunderbuss.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Benjamin Bouncer Banged a Brown Bear with a Blunderbuss, In a lane at the back of Cole's Book Arcade.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
So there wasn't much time for Black Shawn to see what mischief the blunderbuss had done.
"An Isle in the Water" by Katharine Tynan
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In poetry:

I be translated in a nano-second
to a c.c. of poisonous nothing
in a giga-death). Should conventional
blunderbuss war and its routiers
"Thanksgiving for a Habitat" by W H Auden
As I was a-crossin' the Abercrombie Mountains,
I met Sir Frederick Pottinger, and his money he was countin'.
I first drew me blunderbuss and then I drew me sabre
Sayin', "Stand and deliver-oh! for I'm your bold decayver."
"There's Whisky In The Jar" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Notable deaths in arts, A to M. Jack White powers through Blunderbuss , White Stripes classics: Concert review.
Jack White Talks ' Blunderbuss ,' Hidden Tracks and Bob Dylan at the Grammy Museum.
So after only one listen I knew that Jack White's new album, Blunderbuss , would become one of my favorites of the year.
Jack White to Release Solo Debut ' Blunderbuss ' in April.
Jack White will release Blunderbuss , his debut album as a solo artist, on Third Man Records/Columbia on April 24th.
Jack White's ' Blunderbuss ' Bumps Adele Off UK Chart Throne.
Jack White's retro ways: good for Blunderbuss , bad for women.
'Blunderbuss' Jack White 3.5 stars.
Third Man Records Jack White will release "Blunderbuss," his first solo album, on April 24.
But they were usually big blunderbuss affairs, big heavy volumes with double columns.
Youtube The new single from Jack White's latest effort 'Blunderbuss' is 'Freedom at 21?, and Jack pulls out all the stops in this one.
Latest 'Blunderbuss' blues squall gets Peacocks backing.
Jack White is releasing his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, on his label, Third Man Records, on April 24th.
His self-produced solo effort Blunderbuss drops April 24th.
The Lunchtime Listen's Favorite Albums of 2012 No 11: 'Blunderbuss' by Jack White.
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