Definition of shotgun marriage in US English:

shotgun marriage

(also shotgun wedding)


  • An enforced or hurried wedding, especially because the bride is pregnant.

    • ‘The shotgun wedding of an open source project and a closed source tool was always likely to end in tears, and it finally fell apart, with much recrimination, last week.’
    • ‘I got panned in The Sunday Times by Gill who called me a failed footballer who had a shotgun wedding and we had to sue.’
    • ‘At the same time it mixed its wry, tearstained tales of shotgun weddings, small town love and ambitions with a dexterity, slickness and humour that ensured they were now a world class act.’
    • ‘Fewer pregnant single women are opting for a shotgun wedding, as well.’
    • ‘Well, it says here that Hawkins was carrying out an illegal shotgun marriage.’
    • ‘It's a shotgun wedding of the grooming categories.’
    • ‘Populism finds itself in a shotgun wedding with the Lasch theory as a very powerful propagandistic tool.’
    • ‘The couple didn't so much mind the shotgun wedding, but it created a nightmare of paperwork and legal wrangling.’
    • ‘While the European Community could still stop it, the legal case for halting this shotgun wedding is looking weaker by the day.’
    • ‘The proposed merger is a shotgun marriage, the result of a deal negotiated in secret by a small cabal of party leaders and in response to extraordinary pressure from Canada's corporate elite.’
    • ‘There will always be traditionalists who like the idea of a big ceremony and there will always be shotgun weddings too.’
    • ‘He looks like a teenager at his shotgun wedding.’
    • ‘Seen in that unforgiving light it's difficult to tell if that long love affair was nothing of the sort, but more of a shotgun wedding.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the circus said: ‘This is not so much a shotgun wedding but a wedding at knife point.’’
    • ‘A shotgun wedding ensues and, after a honeymoon in the big city, Fausto finds himself railroaded into a store clerk job by his helpful father-in-law.’
    • ‘In terms of mergers, unions do need to be more powerful, but you also can't have shotgun weddings in labor.’
    • ‘They decided to get married months ago, so it's not a shotgun wedding, guys!’
    • ‘Cross-cultural misunderstandings and tensions within these civil-military shotgun marriages have led many on both sides to long for a divorce.’
    • ‘For that reason, avoid shotgun weddings that outside forces try to arrange for you.’
    • ‘The negative consequences of this shotgun marriage of finance and culture are obvious.’


shotgun marriage

/ˈˌSHätˌɡən ˈmerij/