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

Definition of derringer

: a short-barreled pocket pistol

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Inside the couple's two-bedroom apartment as well as another location, FBI agents found assault rifles, a 12-gauge shotgun, many semi-automatic pistols and revolvers, a silencer, a derringer pistol, multiple hunting knives and bundles of cash. Pierre Meilhan And Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Whitey Bulger's longtime girlfriend moved out of prison to a halfway house," 19 June 2019 Cobra’s derringers have no such passive safety mechanism, according to gun experts. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Small, Cheap Guns Are Back, and Some Question Their Safety," 3 Dec. 2018 The gun, a derringer pistol, fell out onto the floor and went off, sending a bullet into the ceiling near the Sakkio Japan restaurant. Indianapolis Star, "6 times someone accidentally fired a gun in public in Indiana," 27 June 2018 He and then-wife Mary Henry were caught with nearly 17 ounces of pot, a revolver, a derringer and more than $7,000 in cash, according to reports at the time. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Schlitterbahn co-owner plagued with financial, legal troubles before murder charge in boy’s death," 31 Mar. 2018 According to a story on the Ultimate Classic Rock website, in 1984, Hill accidentally shot himself in the abdomen with a derringer stashed in his boot. Doug Maccash,, "ZZ Top's Dusty Hill's 'tummy ailment' cuts tour short," 17 Oct. 2017 The gun was a full size revolver, not a small gun, like a derringer, that can fit in the palm of one’s hand or into the side pocket on a pair of pants without being obvious. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Injustice, Again," 15 Sep. 2017 Micah West,18, of Salem, is 5-foot-11, 155 pounds, and has multiple tattoos including one of a derringer pistol on an arm. Allan Brettman,, "Authorities search for 2 teen Riverbend escapees from La Grande," 21 June 2017 The pump shotgun is too bulky for meetings, and the derringer single-shot won’t save you in an ambush. D Dumas, WIRED, "Review: Wish List: 51 to 60," 25 Nov. 2009

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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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