Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A smoothbore gun that fires shot over short ranges.
  • noun Football An offensive formation, used especially for passing, in which the quarterback receives the snap several yards behind the line of scrimmage.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or using a shotgun.
  • adjective Obtained by or involving coercion.
  • adjective Covering a wide range in a haphazard or ineffective manner.
  • transitive verb To shoot at with a shotgun.
  • interjection Used to claim the front passenger seat of a vehicle before a trip has started.
  • idiom (ride shotgun) To sit in the front passenger seat of a vehicle during a trip.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A smooth-bore gun used for firing small shot, as in the chase of birds and small quadrupeds; a fowling-piece: commonly called gun simply, in implied distinction from rifle or other small-arm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A light, smooth-bored gun, often double-barreled, especially designed for firing small shot at short range, and killing small game.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A gun which fires loads consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.
  • noun slang The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat.
  • noun US A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line. Mostly heard in the southern United States.
  • noun American football A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the snapper when the ball is hiked, ideally allowing for an easier pass play.
  • verb slang, smoking To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else’s mouth.
  • verb transitive, informal To verbally lay claim to (something)
  • verb transitive, baseball To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.
  • verb US, slang To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.
  • adjective Of or relating to a shotgun.
  • adjective Occurring as a result of the threat of force.
  • adjective Utilizing numerous or highly diverse means to achieve a particular result.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Interj. and idiom, probably from shotgun messenger, a private armed guard who protected strongboxes and other valuable shipments on stagecoaches and rode in the seat next to the driver.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From shot +‎ gun. Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

Examples

  • My main shotgun is an 870 and I love it, but when I went to by another one to setup for deer hunting I saw a Mossberg 500 for a price I couldn't pass up.

    Me & My Mossberg

  • My main shotgun is an 870 and I love it, but when I went to by another one to setup for deer hunting I saw a Mossberg 500 for a price I couldn't pass up.

    Me & My Mossberg

  • The term shotgun refers to firing (loading) many bullets (modules) at once, in the hope that one or more will find the target.

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  • Delectible, Thick Squirell Stew new website for Old Mossy Outfitters in Northern Manitoba Canada who's bow season has ended and who's going out for a last stand against the deer? ok turkey hunting Q. my shotgun is a rem. 870 wingmaster and lets face it this is a "SHINY" gun i've heard the glare off guns ca

    Heros n Villians

  • Delectible, Thick Squirell Stew new website for Old Mossy Outfitters in Northern Manitoba Canada who's bow season has ended and who's going out for a last stand against the deer? ok turkey hunting Q. my shotgun is a rem. 870 wingmaster and lets face it this is a "SHINY" gun i've heard the glare off guns ca

    Bullet performance

  • Delectible, Thick Squirell Stew new website for Old Mossy Outfitters in Northern Manitoba Canada who's bow season has ended and who's going out for a last stand against the deer? ok turkey hunting Q. my shotgun is a rem. 870 wingmaster and lets face it this is a "SHINY" gun i've heard the glare off guns ca

    Inherited a Remington 700 BDL Left Hand, but I am right handed

  • In the Big Thicket the shotgun is the prefered weapon.

    Which is better to use when deer hunting with a 12 guage shotgun, No 4 buckshot or 00 buckshot?

  • And reloading next to an enemy, who happens to have a shotgun is a bad idea.

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  • In the Big Thicket the shotgun is the prefered weapon.

    Which is better to use when deer hunting with a 12 guage shotgun, No 4 buckshot or 00 buckshot?

  • Q: ok turkey hunting Q. my shotgun is a rem. 870 wingmaster and lets face it this is a "SHINY" gun i've heard the glare off guns can scare away turkeys what do i do?

    ok turkey hunting Q.

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  • Oh, fun! Hey @marky--did you see the list of "firearms?" This word appears there, too.

    August 28, 2011

  • The person who created it seems to be called "Mark."

    August 28, 2011

  • And in a sort of sci-fi twist, the other firearm-listing Mark has another list about copies of copies.

    August 28, 2011