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Definition of "blunderbuss" [blun•der•buss]

  • A short musket of wide bore and flaring muzzle, formerly used to scatter shot at close range. (noun)
  • A person regarded as clumsy and stupid. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "blunderbuss" in a sentence
  • "I always like being able to work the word blunderbuss into a post."
  • "Chances are the builder just liked the name blunderbuss and forgot about the part where those guns had short barrels and didn't need a scope since they fire scatter shot."
  • "It is hardly clear that President Gore would have made the centerpiece of his Administration a war on Iraq, and that he would have engaged in blunderbuss diplomacy that would fracture alliances of fifty years’ standing, and squander all the good will America enjoyed in the wake of the terrorist attacks."