Definition of derringer in English:


Syllabification: der·rin·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈderinjər


  • A small pistol that has a large bore and is very effective at close range.
    More example sentences
    • 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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