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pistol

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noun pis·tol \ˈpis-təl\

Simple Definition of pistol

  • : a small gun made to be aimed and fired with one hand

  • : a person who has a lot of energy and spirit

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pistol

  1. 1 :  a handgun whose chamber is integral with the barrel; broadly :  handgun

  2. 2 :  a notably sharp, spirited, or energetic person

pistol

transitive verb

Examples of pistol in a sentence

  1. <a real pistol, she dances rings around the other performers>



Origin and Etymology of pistol

Middle French pistole, from German, from Middle High German pischulle, from Czech píšt'ala, literally, pipe, fife; akin to Czech pištět to squeak


First Known Use: circa 1570

Rhymes with pistol


PISTOL Defined for Kids

pistol

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noun pis·tol \ˈpi-stəl\

Definition of pistol for Students

  1. :  a small gun made to be aimed and fired with one hand





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