pistol

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noun pis·tol \ˈpi-stəl\

Definition of pistol

  1. 1 :  a handgun whose chamber is integral with the barrel; broadly :  handgun

  2. 2 :  a notably sharp, spirited, or energetic person

pistol

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Examples of pistol in a Sentence

  1. a real pistol, she dances rings around the other performers

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Origin and Etymology of pistol

Middle French pistole, from German, from Middle High German pischulle, from Czech píšt'ala, literally, pipe, fife; akin to Czech pištět to squeak


PISTOL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pistol for English Language Learners

  • : a small gun made to be aimed and fired with one hand

  • : a person who has a lot of energy and spirit


PISTOL Defined for Kids

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noun pis·tol \ˈpi-stəl\

Definition of pistol for Students

  1. :  a small gun made to be aimed and fired with one hand



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