Definitions for dundʌn

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word dun

Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. dun(noun)

    horse of a dull brownish grey color

  2. dun, greyish brown, grayish brown, fawn(adj)

    a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color

    "she wore dun"

  3. dun(verb)

    of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color

    "the dun and dreary prairie"

  4. torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate(verb)

    treat cruelly

    "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

  5. dun(verb)

    persistently ask for overdue payment

    "The grocer dunned his customers every day by telephone"

  6. dun(verb)

    cure by salting

    "dun codfish"

  7. dun(verb)

    make a dun color

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. dun(Noun)

    A valley in the Himalayan foothills, e.g. Dehra Dun.

  2. dun(Noun)

    A newly hatched, immature mayfly

  3. dun(Verb)


  4. Origin: From dun, dunne, from dunn, from dusnaz, from dhūw-. Cognate with dun, tusin.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Dun(noun)

    a mound or small hill

  2. Dun(verb)

    to cure, as codfish, in a particular manner, by laying them, after salting, in a pile in a dark place, covered with salt grass or some like substance

  3. Dun

    to ask or beset, as a debtor, for payment; to urge importunately

  4. Dun(noun)

    one who duns; a dunner

  5. Dun(noun)

    an urgent request or demand of payment; as, he sent his debtor a dun

  6. Dun(adj)

    of a dark color; of a color partaking of a brown and black; of a dull brown color; swarthy

  7. Origin: [See Dune.]

FreebaseRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Dun

    Dun is a generic term for an ancient or medieval fort. It is mainly used in the British Isles to describe a kind of hill fort and also a kind of Atlantic roundhouse. The term comes from Irish dún or Scottish Gaelic dùn, and is cognate with Old Welsh din, from whence comes Welsh dinas. In some areas duns were built on any suitable crag or hillock, particularly south of the Firth of Clyde and the Firth of Forth. There are many duns on the west coast of Ireland and they feature in Irish mythology. For example, the tale of the Táin Bó Flidhais features Dún Chiortáin and Dún Chaocháin. Duns seem to have arrived with Celtic cultures in about the 7th century BC. Early duns had near vertical ramparts made of stone and timber. Vitrified forts are the remains of duns that have been set on fire and where stones have been partly melted. Use of duns continued in some parts into the Middle Ages. Duns are similar to brochs, but are smaller and probably would not have been capable of supporting a very tall structure. Good examples of this kind of dun can be found in the Western Isles of Scotland, on artificial islands in small lakes.

Translations for dun

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for dun »


Find a translation for the dun definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these dun definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"dun." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 30 Mar. 2015. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for dun? Don't keep it to yourself...

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for dun:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.