water pistol


Definition of water pistol

: a toy pistol designed to squirt a jet of liquid

called also water gun, squirt gun

Examples of water pistol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Magnificent Seven: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Manual," 5 Aug. 2020 These insects can also aim the chemical sprays at prey, using their rear ends like a noxious water pistol. National Geographic, "Bombardier beetles," 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, "nearly half-century-long run of growth," 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, "Twitter’s new emoji update ditches the pistol in favor of a water gun," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of water pistol

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 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of water pistol

: a toy pistol that shoots a stream of water

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