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 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 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

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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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“Derringer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/derringer. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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