From Old English Hūne, Hūnas, from Late Latin Hunnus, from Koine Greek Χοῦνοι (Khoûnoi) or Χουνοί (Khounoí), borrowed through Middle Iranian, apparently ultimately from Turkic *Hun-yü, the name of a tribe (they were known in China as Xiongnu).
Hun (plural Huns)
- A member of a nomadic tribe, the Huns, most likely of Turkic origin, which invaded Europe in the fourth century from Central Asia. There are also theories of Mongolic, Iranian, Yeniseian origins, while some scientists claim they are a separate group.
- (figuratively) a vandal, a barbarian, an uncivilized destructive person
- (slang, derogatory, Britain, Australia) A German (popular in the media since World War I)
- (slang, derogatory, Britain, Ireland) A Protestant.
- (derogatory term for a German): Fritz, Jerry, Kraut
- (derogatory term for a Protestant): Prod, Proddy, orangie, Orangeman