What does DUN mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  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


  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 Dictionary

  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dun

    dun, adj. of a dark colour, partly brown and black: dark.—v.t. (U.S.) to cure and brown, as cod.—v.i. to become dun-coloured.—ns. Dun′-bird, the pochard; Dun′-cow, the shagreen ray; Dun′-dīv′er, the merganser; Dun′-fish, codfish cured by dunning.—adj. Dun′nish, somewhat dun. [A.S. dun, most prob. Celt.; W. dwn, dusky, Gael. donn, brown.]

  2. Dun

    dun, v.t. to demand a debt with din or noise: to urge for payment:—pr.p. dun′ning; pa.p. dunned.—n. one who duns: a demand for payment. [Allied to Din.]

  3. Dun

    dun, n. a hill: a fortified mound. [A.S. dún—Celt.; in many place-names, as Dunbar, Doncaster.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DUN in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DUN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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