part of speech: noun

definition 1: a weapon with a tube made of metal from which bullets, shells, or other missiles are fired. Guns include pistols, rifles, and cannons.

definition 2: a tool that shoots small objects or liquids out through a tube or nozzle.

  • We used a spray gun to paint the house.
  • The carpenter’s work went faster when he used a nail gun.


part of speech: verb

inflections: guns, gunning, gunned

definition: to shoot using a rifle or gun (often followed by “down”).

  • The police gunned down the fugitive.

synonyms: discharge, fire, shoot

Word Builder: kinds of guns

glue gun: a gun that heats and shoots glue.
nail gun: a gun that shoots nails.
staple gun: a gun that shoots staples.