blunder buss

blunderbuss

[bluhn-der-buhs]
noun
1.
a short musket of wide bore with expanded muzzle to scatter shot, bullets, or slugs at close range.
2.
an insensitive, blundering person.

Origin:
1645–55; < Dutch donderbus (equivalent to donder thunder + bus gun, box1) with donder replaced by blunder. See harquebus

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blunderbuss (ˈblʌndəˌbʌs)
 
n
1.  an obsolete short musket with large bore and flared muzzle, used to scatter shot at short range
2.  informal a clumsy unsubtle person
 
[C17: changed (through the influence of blunder) from Dutch donderbus; from donderthunder + obsolete bus gun]

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blunderbuss
1650s, from Du. donderbus, from donder "thunder" + bus "gun" (originally "box, tube"), altered by resemblance to blunder.
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