There are 3 main definitions of lunge in English:


Syllabification: lunge
Pronunciation: /lənj


1A sudden forward thrust of the body, typically with an arm outstretched to attack someone or seize something: he made a lunge at her
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  • Link made a sudden lunge at the squirrel, attempting to get it back.
  • With a sudden lunge at the commodore, he sent the other man stumbling back.
  • Eaher abruptly turned to the offensive, stepping in with a lunge at Tahr's shoulder, sword at arm's length.
thrust, jab, stab, dive, rush, charge
1.1The basic attacking move in fencing, in which the leading foot is thrust forward with the knee bent while the back leg remains straightened.
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  • Kneeling on the ground, arms hanging by your sides, step forward with your left foot into a lunge, bending the knee so it aligns with your left ankle.
  • The weight still shifts to the heel for increased power during the lunge so in the moment of the lunge, the rear foot faces straight across the strip.
  • Move on to walking lunges, forward and backward.
1.2An exercise or gymnastic movement resembling the lunge of a fencer.
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  • He advanced from simple stomach movements to leg and groin stretches, one legged squats, lunges and myriad exercises aimed at strengthening the middle of his body.
  • Pushups, lunges and handstands are the most productive and efficient exercises for training strength, balance and coordination.
  • When performing leg exercises, only supported lunges or squats should be performed, especially after the first trimester.

verb (lunges, lungeing or lunging, lunged)

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1Make a lunge: the sequined guests lunged at the food John lunged forward and grabbed him by the throat
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  • I lunged at her and grabbed her around the waist, thanking her with the deepest, most passionate kiss inside me.
  • Morgan lunged at Katazheniya, grabbing her hand and pulling her back out through the bathroom door.
  • She doused her hands with liquid, handed it to Veronica, and lunged at Jake, grabbing his face.
thrust, dive, spring, launch oneself, rush, make a grab
1.1 [with object] Make a sudden forward thrust with (a part of the body or a weapon): Billy lunged his spear at the fish
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  • Jengo lunged his sword forward, impaling the blade in another creature's mouth.
  • Sammael waited for a moment before lunging his sword at Jessam.
  • Jean nodded and was quick to strike, lunging his sword in Tyson's direction.


mid 18th century: from earlier allonge, from French allonger 'lengthen'.

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