1. A sudden thrust or pass, as with a sword.
2. A sudden forward movement or plunge.
v. lunged, lung·ing, lung·es
1. To make a sudden thrust or pass.
2. To move with a sudden thrust.
To cause (someone) to lunge.
[From alteration of obsolete allonge, to thrust, from French allonger, from Old French alongier, to lengthen : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see AD-) + long, long (from Latin longus; see del-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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