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Sten gun Syllabification: Sten gun
Pronunciation: /ˈsten ˌɡən/

Definition of Sten gun in English:


A type of lightweight British submachine gun.
Example sentences
  • He had his Mauser rifle slung over his shoulder and I had my Sten gun ready.
  • Out of frustration, he fired a few bursts of automatic fire from his Sten gun into the air.
  • The following British infantry mopped up what was left of us and I reached for the sky when I found myself looking at the wrong end of a Sten gun pointed at me by a British Tommy.


1940s: from the initials of the inventors' surnames, Shepherd and Turpin, suggested by Bren.

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