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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dunnoun

    horse of a dull brownish grey color

  2. dun, greyish brown, grayish brown, fawnadjective

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

    "she wore dun"

  3. dunverb

    of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color

    "the dun and dreary prairie"

  4. torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrateverb

    treat cruelly

    "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

  5. dunverb

    persistently ask for overdue payment

    "The grocer dunned his customers every day by telephone"

  6. dunverb

    cure by salting

    "dun codfish"

  7. dunverb

    make a dun color


  1. dunnoun

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

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

  2. dunnoun

    A newly hatched, immature mayfly

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

  3. dunverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dunnoun

    a mound or small hill

    Etymology: [See Dune.]

  2. Dunverb

    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

    Etymology: [See Dune.]

  3. Dun

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

    Etymology: [See Dune.]

  4. Dunnoun

    one who duns; a dunner

    Etymology: [See Dune.]

  5. Dunnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Dune.]

  6. Dunadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dun

    A hill, an eminence.

Rap Dictionary

  1. dunnoun

    Used like the word son. What up, dun? -- Nas (Represent).

  2. dunnoun

    Friend, pal, comrade, dawg, nigga. Origin: Prodigy's (Mobb Deep) friend used to say "son" missing his 2 front teeth and it sounded like "dunn". Prodigy liked it and used it.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Dun

    A persistent creditor. After Joe Dun, a noted bailiff, who never failed to bring a debtor to book. People used to say: “Why don’t you Dun him for the debt?” meaning they would send Joe Dun to make him pay or arrest him.

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  1. Dun

    Another man whose word of commendation will enable you to open a charge account.

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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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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. repugnant
    • B. currish
    • C. pecuniary
    • D. lank

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