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dun1 / dən/ • adj. of a dull grayish-brown color: a dun cow. ∎ poetic/lit. dark; dusky: when the dun evening comes. • n. 1. a dull grayish-brown color. 2. a thing that is dun in color, in particular: ∎  a horse with a sandy or sandy-gray coat, black mane, tail, and lower legs, and a dark dorsal stripe. ∎  a sub-adult mayfly, which has drab coloration and opaque wings. ∎  an artificial fishing fly imitating this. dun2 • v. (dunned, dun·ning ) [tr.] make persistent demands on (someone), esp. for payment of a debt: they would very likely start dunning you for payment of your taxes | [as adj.] (dunning) she received two dunning letters from the bank. • n. archaic a debt collector or an insistent creditor. ∎  a demand for payment.

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dun 2 importunate creditor, agent employed to collect debts. XVII. poss. abbrev. of †dunkirk (XVII) privateer, orig. ship from Dunkirk, town on the French coast.
Hence vb. XVII.

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dun 1 dull or dingy brown. OE. dun(n) = OS. dun, prob. rel. to OS. dosan, OHG. tusin (cf. DUSK).

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dun Brown discoloration in salted fish caused by mould growth.

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dunbegun, bun, done, Donne, dun, fine-spun, forerun, fun, gun, Gunn, hon, Hun, none, nun, one, one-to-one, outdone, outgun, outrun, pun, run, shun, son, spun, stun, sun, ton, tonne, tun, underdone, Verdun, won •honeybun • handgun • flashgun •air gun • sixgun • popgun • shotgun •blowgun, shogun •speargun • scattergun • homespun •endrun • sheep run • grandson •stepson • godson • kiloton • megaton •anyone • everyone • someone

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