Dun (?), n. [See Dune.]

A mound or small hill.


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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.


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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 importunately.

Hath she sent so soon to dun? Swift.


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Dun, n.


One who duns; a dunner.

To be pulled by the sleeve by some rascally dun. Arbuthnot.


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


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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. Keble.

Dun crow Zool., the hooded crow; -- so called from its color; -- also called hoody, and hoddy. -- Dun diver Zool., the goosander or merganser.


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