water pistol


: a toy pistol designed to squirt a jet of liquid

called also water gun, squirt gun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Your wishy-washy advice to this widow on how to approach her brother-in-law Simon was like advising her to take a water pistol to a gunfight! cleveland, 26 Mar. 2022 An Arkansas man is set to be set free after decades in prison for robbing a taco shop with a water pistol. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 4 July 2021 Compared with the automatic's silly gear selector—which has been likened to everything from an electric razor to genitalia—the manual's shifter appears serious and substantial, sort of like the difference between a water pistol and a Winchester. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 5 Aug. 2020 These insects can also aim the chemical sprays at prey, using their rear ends like a noxious water pistol. National Geographic, 30 June 2020 Wu Jianying, the owner of Fang Weimei Toys, a water pistol exporter in Yiwu, said that this should be the busiest time of year for her exports, as retailers in the West prepare for the summer swimming pool season. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 However, shortly after, Apple then made the decision to change the pistol emoji to a bright green water pistol. Dani Deahl, The Verge, 12 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water pistol was in 1797

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“Water pistol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20pistol. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

water pistol

: a toy pistol designed to squirt a stream of water
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