English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Old English Hūnas, Hūne (both plural), from Late Latin Hunni, from Koine Greek Οὗννοι (Hoûnnoi), borrowed through Middle Iranian. Cognate with Old Norse húnir, Old High German Hunni. See also etymology of Xiongnu.

Compare Sogdian [script needed] (xwn), Sanskrit हूण (hūṇa), and 匈奴 (OC *hoŋ-nâ) (c. 318 BCE) > *hɨoŋ-nɑ (Eastern Han), which Schuessler (2014:264)[1] proposes to be transcription of foreign *Hŏna ~ Hŭna. More at Huns.

As a derogatory term for Germans popularized by Rudyard Kipling,[2] reacting to Germany's proposal that the Royal Navy be used to collect debts from Venezuela.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /hʌn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌn

Noun edit

Hun (plural Huns)

  1. A member of a nomadic tribe (the Huns) who invaded Europe in the fourth century from Central Asia.
  2. (figuratively) A vandal, a barbarian, an uncivilized destructive person.
  3. (slang, derogatory, ethnic slur) A German.
    Synonyms: Fritz, Jerry, Kraut
    • 1919, Gerald Featherstone Knight, Brother Bosch: An Airman's Escape from Germany[1]:
      Doubtless the first German band to return to England will be composed of the most gentle peace and beer-loving Huns that ever visited our favoured shores.
  4. (slang, derogatory, UK, Ireland) A Protestant.
    Synonyms: Prod, Proddy, orangie, Orangeman
  5. (slang, derogatory, UK, Ireland) A Rangers Football Club supporter; an Orangeman.[3]
    Synonym: Orangeman
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Translations edit

Etymology 2 edit

Borrowed from Khmer ហ៊ុន (hun).

Proper noun edit

Hun (plural Huns)

  1. A surname from Khmer.
Statistics edit
  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Hun is the 35993rd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 623 individuals. Hun is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (73.52%) and White (12.2%) individuals.

Further reading edit

References edit

  1. ^ Schuessler, Axel (2014). "Phonological Notes on Hàn Period Transcriptions of Foreign Names and Words" in Studies in Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Linguistics: Dialect, Phonology, Transcription and Text. Series: Language and Linguistics Monograph Series. 53 Ed. VanNess Simmons, Richard & Van Auken, Newell Ann. Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  2. ^ Rudyard Kipling (1902), “The Rowers”, in The years between (in English), Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, published 1919: “‘In sight of peace—from the Narrow Seas / O'er half the world to run— / With a cheated crew, to league anew / With the Goth and the shameless Hun!’”
  3. ^ https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14781611.use-of-word-hun-and-jock-of-limited-concern-but-fenian-and-prod-is-unacceptable-says-ofcom/

Anagrams edit

Dutch edit

Etymology edit

From Late Latin Hunni.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

Hun m (plural Hunnen, diminutive Hunnetje n)

  1. A Hun, member of the nomadic tribe
  2. (figuratively) A barbarian, brute

French edit

Etymology edit

From Latin Hunni. Possibly a doublet of Xiongnu.

Proper noun edit

Hun m

  1. Huns; Alternative form of Huns; a nomadic people originating out of Central Asia that invaded the Roman Empire in the 5th century

Noun edit

Hun m (plural Huns)

  1. Hun; a member of the Huns, a nomadic tribe originating out of Central Asia that invaded the Roman Empire in the 5th century

Derived terms edit

Old High German edit

Proper noun edit


  1. nominative/accusative singular of Hūni