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derringer Line breaks: der¦rin|ger
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛrɪn(d)ʒə/

Definition of derringer in English:


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A small pistol with a large bore, which is very effective at close range.
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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