Definitions for: Dun

[n] horse of a dull brownish gray color
[n] a color varying around light grayish brown; "she wore a dun raincoat"
[adj] of a dull grayish brown to brownish gray color; "the dun and dreary prairie"
[v] make a dun color
[v] cure by salting; "dun codfish"
[v] persistently ask for overdue payment; "The grocer dunned his customers every day by telephone"
[v] treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dun, n. [See Dune.]
A mound or small hill.

Dun, v. t.
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.

Dun, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Dunned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Dunning.] [AS. dyne noise, dynian to make a noise, or fr.
Icel. dynr, duna, noise, thunder, duna to thunder; the same
word as E. din. ???. See Din.]
To ask or beset, as a debtor, for payment; to urge

Hath she sent so soon to dun? --Swift.

Dun, n.
1. One who duns; a dunner.

To be pulled by the sleeve by some rascally dun.

2. An urgent request or demand of payment; as, he sent his
debtor a dun.

Dun, a. [AS. dunn. of Celtic origin; cf. W. dwn, Ir. &
Gael. donn.]
Of a dark color; of a color partaking of a brown and black;
of a dull brown color; swarthy.

Summer's dun cloud comes thundering up. -- Pierpont.

Chill and dun Falls on the moor the brief November day.

Dun crow (Zo["o]l.), the hooded crow; -- so called from its
color; -- also called hoody, and hoddy.

Dun diver (Zo["o]l.), the goosander or merganser.

Synonyms: bedevil, chromatic, crucify, fawn, frustrate, grayish brown, greyish brown, rag, torment

See Also: badger, beleaguer, beset, bug, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, cure, darken, demand, hamstring, harass, harry, hassle, light brown, madden, molest, mount, oppress, persecute, pester, plague, provoke, riding horse, saddle horse, tease

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