American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To importune (a debtor) for payment: a dunning letter.
- n. One that duns.
- n. An importunate demand for payment.
- n. An almost neutral brownish gray to dull grayish brown.
- n. A fishing fly having this color.
- n. A horse of this color.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a color partaking of brown and black; of a dull-brown color; swarthy.
- Dark; gloomy.
- n. A familiar name for an old horse or jade: used as a quasi-proper name (like dobbin).
- To make of a dun or dull-brown color.
- Especially To cure, as cod, in such a manner as to impart a dun or brown color. See dunfish.
- To become of a dun color.
- To make a loud noise; din.
- To demand payment of a debt from; press or urge for payment or for fulfilment of an obligation of any kind.
- n. One who duns; an importunate creditor, or an agent employed to collect debts.
- n. A demand for the payment of a debt, especially a written one; a dunning-letter: as, to send one's debtor a dun.
- n. A hill; a mound; a fortified eminence. This word enters into the composition of many place-names in Great Britain, frequently under the modifled forms dum-, don-, -don (as well as down, which see): as, Dunstable, Dunmow, Dundee, Dunbar, Dumfries, Dumbarton, Doncaster, Donegal, etc.
- n. A dun-colored natural or artificial fly used in angling: as, the pale-olive dun, made with a body of hair from the polar bear; goose-dun, with a body of gray goose-pinion; blue dun, with a body of pale mole-fur.
- n. uncountable A brownish grey colour.
- adj. Of a brownish grey colour.
- n. countable A collector of debts.
- v. transitive To ask or beset a debtor for payment.
- v. transitive To harass by continually repeating e.g. a request.
- n. A valley in the Himalayan foothills, e.g. Dehra Dun.
- n. countable A newly hatched, immature mayfly.
- v. informal Eye dialect spelling of done: simple past tense and past participle of do.
- Eye dialect spelling of don't.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mound or small hill.
- v. 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.
- v. To ask or beset (e.g., a debtor), for payment; to urge importunately.
- n. One who duns; a dunner.
- n. An urgent request or demand of payment.
- adj. Of a dark color; of a color partaking of a brown and black; of a dull brown color; swarthy.
- v. treat cruelly
- v. cure by salting
- v. make a dun color
- n. horse of a dull brownish grey color
- adj. of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color
- n. a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color
- v. persistently ask for overdue payment
- See don’t. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown.Middle English, from Old English dunn, perhaps of Celtic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In all parts of the world these stripes occur far oftenest in duns and mouse-duns; by the term dun a large range of colour is included, from one between brown and black to a close approach to cream-colour.”
“He listened absently to a long dun from the type-writer people, his mind busy with ways and means of finding a job.”
“Phædrus, in short, dun-colored cape and little hard, round hat slung about his neck, comes out between”
“With him we went to see an ancient building, called a dun or borough.”
“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.”
“Brown comprises the hues called dun, hazel, auburn, feuillemort, mort d'ore, &c.; several of which have been already mentioned as allied to the tertiary colours.”
“My dun was a peaceful beast, but the roan was a by-word in the sub-division.”
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