Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A smoothbore gun that fires shot over short ranges. Also called scattergun.
  • n. Football An offensive formation, used especially for passing, in which the quarterback receives the snap several yards behind the line of scrimmage.
  • n. Southern U.S. A house whose architecture is characterized by several rooms joined in a straight line from the front to the back: "Shotguns [are] so named because a shotgun fired through the front door of these long, narrow homes could pass straight through the house and out the back door without hitting any barriers” ( Melissa O. Fryauf). See Regional Note at beignet.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or using a shotgun.
  • adj. Obtained by or involving by coercion: a shotgun compromise.
  • adj. Covering a wide range in a haphazard or ineffective manner: shotgun methods of testing the hypothesis that wasted time and money.
  • transitive v. To shoot at with a shotgun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gun which fires loads consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.
  • n. The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat.
  • n. A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line. Mostly heard in the southern United States.
  • n. A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the snapper when the ball is hiked, ideally allowing for an easier pass play.
  • v. To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else’s mouth.
  • v. To verbally lay claim to (something)
  • v. To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.
  • v. To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.
  • adj. Of or relating to a shotgun.
  • adj. Occurring as a result of the threat of force.
  • adj. Utilizing numerous or highly diverse means to achieve a particular result.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light, smooth-bored gun, often double-barreled, especially designed for firing small shot at short range, and killing small game.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A smooth-bore gun used for firing small shot, as in the chase of birds and small quadrupeds; a fowling-piece: commonly called gun simply, in implied distinction from rifle or other small-arm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges

Etymologies

From shot +‎ gun. Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My main shotgun is an 870 and I love it, but when I went to by another one to setup for deer hunting I saw a Mossberg 500 for a price I couldn't pass up.

    Me & My Mossberg

  • The term shotgun refers to firing (loading) many bullets (modules) at once, in the hope that one or more will find the target.

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  • In the Big Thicket the shotgun is the prefered weapon.

    Which is better to use when deer hunting with a 12 guage shotgun, No 4 buckshot or 00 buckshot?

  • Q: ok turkey hunting Q. my shotgun is a rem. 870 wingmaster and lets face it this is a "SHINY" gun i've heard the glare off guns can scare away turkeys what do i do?

    ok turkey hunting Q.

  • Delectible, Thick Squirell Stew new website for Old Mossy Outfitters in Northern Manitoba Canada who's bow season has ended and who's going out for a last stand against the deer? ok turkey hunting Q. my shotgun is a rem. 870 wingmaster and lets face it this is a "SHINY" gun i've heard the glare off guns ca

    Heros n Villians

  • And reloading next to an enemy, who happens to have a shotgun is a bad idea.

    How To Kill People More Effectively In Far Cry 2

  • This shotgun is awesome, and it has been well taken care of.

    Deer hunting shotgun?

  • Maybe it's just me but I think my shotgun is a better weapon without a scope.

    Me & My Mossberg

  • Yes | No | Report from firedog wrote 1 year 3 weeks ago this demo proves why a shotgun is the ultimate home defense weapon.

    Slow-Mo Skeet

  • However, the main problem with a shotgun is the weight vs. strength of a woman and/or young boy.

    Bourjaily on Starter Guns

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  • And in a sort of sci-fi twist, the other firearm-listing Mark has another list about copies of copies.

    August 28, 2011

  • The person who created it seems to be called "Mark."

    August 28, 2011

  • Oh, fun! Hey @marky--did you see the list of "firearms?" This word appears there, too.

    August 28, 2011