A small pistol that has a large bore and is very effective at close range.
- With her help, they stockpiled an arsenal of shotguns, derringer pistols and an old AK - 47.
- But apparently, he already had his left hand on his backup gun, a derringer, in a pocket.
- I'd been to the pistol range the day before and completely forgotten the derringer in the back pocket of my purse.
Mid 19th century: named after Henry Deringer (1786–1868), the American gunsmith who invented it.
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