dun

Use the adjective dun for something that’s a dusty grey brown color, like a dun cow, or the dun entry rug that used to be white.

The noun and adjective forms of dun all relate to color. It probably comes from German roots, and may be related to the word dusk, as a dun color has a dull quality that you might associate with dusk or fading light. A dun horse is called a Dun. As a verb, to dun means to attempt to collect an overdue bill. You might dun your brother for that $10 he owes you from 3 months ago.

Primary Meanings of dun

1.
nadjv
a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color
of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color
make a dun color
2.
v
persistently ask for overdue payment
3.
v
treat cruelly
4.
v
cure by salting
Full Definitions of dun
1

n a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color

“she wore dun
Synonyms:
fawn, grayish brown, greyish brown
Type of:
light brown
a brown that is light but unsaturated

n horse of a dull brownish grey color

Type of:
mount, riding horse, saddle horse
a lightweight horse kept for riding only

adj of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey color

“the dun and dreary prairie”
Synonyms:
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue

v make a dun color

Type of:
darken
make dark or darker
2

v persistently ask for overdue payment

“The grocer dunned his customers every day by telephone”
Type of:
demand
request urgently and forcefully
3

v treat cruelly

Synonyms:
bedevil, crucify, frustrate, rag, torment
Types:
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madden
drive up the wall; get on someone's nerves
hamstring
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
annoy persistently
oppress, persecute
cause to suffer
purge
oust politically
Type of:
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically
4

v cure by salting

dun codfish”
Type of:
cure
prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve

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