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lunge1

[luhnj] /lʌndʒ/
noun
1.
a sudden forward thrust, as with a sword or knife; stab.
2.
any sudden forward movement; plunge.
verb (used without object), lunged, lunging.
3.
to make a lunge or thrust; move with a lunge.
verb (used with object), lunged, lunging.
4.
to thrust (something) forward; cause to move with a lunge:
lunging his finger accusingly.
Origin of lunge1
1725-1735
1725-35; earlier longe for French allonge (noun; construed as a longe), allonger (v.) to lengthen, extend, deliver (blows) < Vulgar Latin *allongāre, for Late Latin ēlongāre to elongate
Can be confused
long, longe, lounge, lunge.
Synonyms
2. rush, charge, lurch.

lunge2

[luhnj] /lʌndʒ/
noun, verb, lunged, lunging.
1.
Origin
variant of longe < French; see longe, lune2
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  • A careful cast a little up stream, a lunge and a miss from the trout.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • He turned his back, and I saw his body go forward to the lunge.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • Indeed, my experience was that just as one was about to mount him he usually made a lunge at one with his horns.

    Among the Tibetans Isabella L. Bird
  • But Gregory's answer had been a lunge which the boy had been forced to parry.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • From the movement behind him Marius guessed almost by instinct that Garnache had drawn back for a lunge.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • It seemed curious to Roger that the burro did not kick nor lunge.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • He flitted aside, balancing himself on the balls of his feet and whirling even as he evaded the other's lunge.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for lunge

lunge1

/lʌndʒ/
noun
1.
a sudden forward motion
2.
(fencing) a thrust made by advancing the front foot and straightening the back leg, extending the sword arm forwards
verb
3.
to move or cause to move with a lunge
4.
(intransitive) (fencing) to make a lunge
Derived Forms
lunger, noun
Word Origin
C18: shortened form of obsolete C17 allonge, from French allonger to stretch out (one's arm), from Late Latin ēlongāre to lengthen. Compare elongate

lunge2

/lʌndʒ/
noun
1.
a rope used in training or exercising a horse
verb
2.
(transitive) to exercise or train (a horse) on a lunge
Word Origin
C17: from Old French longe, shortened from allonge, ultimately from Latin longuslong1; related to lunge1
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Word Origin and History for lunge
n.

1735, "a thrust with a sword," originally a fencing term, shortened from allonge, from French allonger "to extend, thrust," from Old French alongier "to lengthen, make long," from à "to" + Old French long, from Latin longus "long" (see long (adj.)).

v.

1735 (implied in lunged), from lunge (n.). Sense of "to make a sudden forward rush" is from 1821. Related: Lunged; lunging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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