hand·​gun | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌgən How to pronounce handgun (audio) \

Definition of handgun

: a firearm (such as a revolver or pistol) designed to be held and fired with one hand

Examples of handgun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The officer, who took all three into custody, then found a 9 mm handgun in a backpack belonging to one of the arrestees, police said. Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 During his final Hollywood Bowl performance on May 3, the comedian was tackled onstage by a man carrying a bag that held a replica handgun with a knife attached. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 His daughter shot herself in the stomach with a 10mm handgun, Blackshear told 911 dispatchers, according to the charges. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 Along with security guards, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx reportedly helped Chappelle fight off Lee, who police confirmed possessed a replica handgun that contained a real knife blade inside. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 6 May 2022 During Chappelle's Tuesday night show, Lee tackled the comedian and pointed a weapon, later determined to be a replica handgun containing a knife blade, at him. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 6 May 2022 The man was allegedly holding a replica handgun that contained a knife blade, the Los Angeles Police Department said, though Chappelle was not harmed during the attack. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The suspect, 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was armed with a replica handgun that contained a knife blade, an LAPD spokeswoman said. Omar Abdel-baqui, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Vicki White was armed with a 9 mm handgun, Singleton said, and Casey White should be considered armed and dangerous. Donna Thornton, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of handgun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Handgun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handgun. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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