submachine gun

noun sub·ma·chine gun \ ˌsəb-mə-ˈshēn-ˌgən \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of submachine gun

: a portable automatic firearm that uses pistol-type ammunition and is fired from the shoulder or hip

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First Known Use of submachine gun

1920

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Definition of submachine gun for English Language Learners

  • : a small, light machine gun


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