Definitions of dun

  1. treat cruelly; " The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
  2. horse of a dull brownish gray color
  3. a color varying around light grayish brown; " she wore a dun raincoat"
  4. of a dull grayish brown to brownish gray color; " the dun and dreary prairie"
  5. make a dun color
  6. cure by salting; " dun codfish"
  7. persistently ask for overdue payment; " The grocer dunned his customers every day by telephone"
  8. A mound or small hill.
  9. 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.
  10. To ask or beset, as a debtor, for payment; to urge importunately.
  11. One who duns; a dunner.
  12. An urgent request or demand of payment; as, he sent his debtor a dun.
  13. Of a dark color; of a color partaking of a brown and black; of a dull brown color; swarthy.
  14. Of a dull brown color.
  15. A person who presses persistently for payment of a debt; a request for payment.
  16. To urge, especially for a debt.
  17. Dunned.
  18. Dunning.
  19. Of a dark color, partly brown and black.
  20. To demand a debt with din or noise: to urge for payment:- pr. p. dunningp; pa. p. dunned'.
  21. One who duns: a demand for payment.
  22. A dun color; an importunate creditor; demand for payment.
  23. Of a dark color; brownish.
  24. To press for payment.
  25. Of a dull, dark brown color.
  26. Of a dark brown colour; dark; gloomy.
  27. An importunate creditor who urges for payment; an urgent request or demand of payment in writing.
  28. A mound; among the ancient Britons a circular tower, or small fortress, erected on the summit of a hill.
  29. To cure fish so as to impart to them a dun colour.
  30. An importunate creditor or visitor.
  31. To urge for payment of a debt; to call or ask for frequently.
  32. Of a dark- brown colour.
  33. See dune.

Usage examples for dun

  1. Didn't you git a dun t'- day? – Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher by Eleanor Gates
  2. " It was a splendid sight," Wolf went on, " as the erect figure of the dark Don Luis, on his powerful black stallion, galloped beside the fair, handsome boy with his white skin and blue eyes, who managed his spirited dun horse so firmly and joyously. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. Dark is his hide on either side, but the blood within doth boil; And the dun hide glows, as if on fire, as he paws to the turmoil. – Spanish Highways and Byways by Katharine Lee Bates
  4. Llyn Din- the Black Llyn or Lake, or perhaps from Celto- Saxon dun, or don- a hill fort. – The Towns of Roman Britain by James Oliver Bevan
  5. And truly the wild hedgerow is dun beside the sweet pink colouring of your skin, and though you are no queen, behold I will make a crown of kisses all for you! – The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere by Charles de Coster
  6. When I awakened, a long, pale line showed out of the dun- colored clouds in the east. – The Last of the Plainsmen by Zane Grey
  7. Written to the Great Seal, and Registr at the 16 day of October 1690. Dun. – The-Acts-Of-The-General-Assemblies-of-the-Church-of-Scotland by Church of Scotland. General Assembly
  8. The former were very beautiful, approaching in hue more nearly to a French gray than what is generally called a dun color, with a perfect ring of ivory encircling each pretty neck. – The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  9. But since that dun morning when she had given him the mignonette, and he had drawn her unresisting body to the barrier of his prison door, she had visited him no more. – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  10. I dun know w'ich is right, or w'ich is wrong- no more do you. – The Red Eric by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. " Rosso" does not mean red, but rather dun or dingy; earth is rosso. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  12. Mile by mile they hastened back across the plain,- on their right the blue sea of water, with its white- caps and spray; on their left the yellow sea of fire, with its dun fog of smoke. – Into the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  13. A sentimentalist would tint the truth while I would rather view it in its natural color, be it dun or even black. – Bolanyo by Opie Percival Read
  14. He glanced toward a dun- colored curtain evidently concealing shelves and dishes. – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  15. In four days he set his face eagerly toward the dun deserts and the sage- brush gray. – The Lure of the Dim Trails by by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower