derringer

noun
der·​rin·​ger | \ ˈder-ən-jər How to pronounce derringer (audio) , ˈde-rən- \

Definition of derringer

: a short-barreled pocket pistol

Examples of derringer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police found a silver derringer-style gun in his backpack at the time of his arrest. oregonlive, 21 June 2022 There's also a replica of the derringer pistol John Wilkes Booth used to assassinate Lincoln. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 13 May 2022 Wagrowski also testified that police found two guns -- a .22-caliber Kel-tec and a small derringer -- at the Crumbley home, aside from the one allegedly used in the shooting. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 8 Feb. 2022 Police arrested a Sandusky man, 29, who was carrying a Ruger .45 caliber pistol with three magazines containing 22 rounds, along with a loaded High Standard derringer. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 23 Jan. 2022 He was arrested carrying a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and a .22-caliber derringer pistol in his pockets. Michael Biesecker, Star Tribune, 11 Jan. 2021 He was arrested carrying a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and a .22-caliber derringer pistol in his pockets. Michael Biesecker, Star Tribune, 11 Jan. 2021 He was arrested carrying a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and a .22-caliber derringer pistol in his pockets. Michael Biesecker, Star Tribune, 11 Jan. 2021 He was arrested carrying a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and a .22-caliber derringer pistol in his pockets. Michael Biesecker, Star Tribune, 11 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of derringer

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for derringer

Henry Deringer †1869 American inventor

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30 Jun 2022

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“Derringer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/derringer. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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