Definition of derringer
: a short-barreled pocket pistol
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Micah West,18, of Salem, is 5-foot-11, 155 pounds, and has multiple tattoos including one of a derringer pistol on an arm.
The pump shotgun is too bulky for meetings, and the derringer single-shot won’t save you in an ambush.
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Origin and Etymology of derringer
Henry Deringer †1869 American inventor
First Known Use: 1853See Words from the same year
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