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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dun
A mound or small hill.

Etymology: See Dune

verb Dun
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.
verb Dun
To ask or beset (e.g., a debtor), for payment; to urge importunately.

Etymology: AS. dyne noise, dynian to make a noise, or fr. Icel. dynr duna, noise, thunder, duna to thunder; the same word as E. din. √74. See Din

noun Dun
  1. One who duns; a dunner."To be pulled by the sleeve by some rascally dun." [Arbuthnot.]
  2. An urgent request or demand of payment; as, he sent his debtor a dun .
adjective Dun
Of a dark color; of a color partaking of a brown and black; of a dull brown color; swarthy.

Etymology: AS. dunn, of Celtic origin; cf. W. dwn, Ir. & Gael. donn

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Horse of a dull brownish grey color
  2. A color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color ("she wore dun")
  3. Make a dun color
  4. Cure by salting ("dun codfish")
  5. Persistently ask for overdue payment ("The grocer dunned his customers every day by telephone")
  6. Treat cruelly
  7. Of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color ("the dun and dreary prairie")

From Middle English dun, dunne, from Old English dunn (“dun, dingy brown, bark-colored, brownish black”), from Proto-Germanic *dusnaz (“brown, yellow”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhūw- (“to smoke, raise dust”). Cognate with Old Saxon dun (“brown, dark”), Old High German tusin (“ash-gray, dull brown, pale yellow, dark”), Old Norse dunna (“female mallard; duck”).

  1. A brownish grey colour.

Alternative etymology derives the Old English word from Late Brythonic (compare Old Welsh dwnn 'dark (red)'), from Proto-Celtic *dusno (compare Old Irish donn), from Proto-Indo-European *dwos (compare Old Saxon dosan 'chestnut brown'). More at dusk.

  1. A brownish grey colour.

Unknown; perhaps a variant of din. Several sources suggest origin from Joe Dun, the name of a bailiff known for arresting debtors, but this is controversial.

  1. (countable) A collector of debts.
  2. An urgent request or demand of payment.

Uncertain; likely from the color.

  1. (countable) A newly hatched, immature mayfly; a mayfly subimago.
  2. (countable, fishing) A fly made to resemble the mayfly subimago.
  • From Irish dún, Scottish Gaelic dùn, or Old Welsh din, "fortress". Cognate with Welsh dinas (“city”).
  1. An ancient or medieval fortification; especially a hill-fort in Scotland or Ireland.
  2. (archeology) A structure in the Orkney or Shetland islands or in Scotland consisting of a roundhouse surrounded by a circular wall; a broch.

See do.

Likely from the color of fish so prepared.

See dune.

  1. A mound or small hill.


    dun was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Galician, Kiput, Lojban, Mandarin, Old English, and Swedish

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Dun U.S.
      White 49.90% 64.26%
      African American 5.35% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 38.22% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 4.16% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.38% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Dun

    • How Popular is the name Dun? As a last name Dun was the 42,858th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Dun first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dun is Thursday, October 30th, 1879.
    • How unique is the name Dun? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dun. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Dun: Your name in reverse order is Nud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Und. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dun? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 505 people with the last name Dun.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dun? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dun as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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