Definition of pistol in English:
- Williams was carrying a loaded air pistol in his pocket.
- The business man agreed as he pulled out a laser pistol from his back holster.
- Aruna pulled out a small pistol from a shoulder holster.
- This gal is really a pistol...She wants everything.
- My daughter Maria is 8 years old and she's a pistol.
- That 94-year-old grandmother is the subject of the article, and apparently she's a pistol.
verb (pistols, pistolling, pistolled; US pistols, pistoling, pistoled)[with object] dated Back to top
- In fact he pistolled the wounded Fraser at Culloden and the officers celebrated by splashing themselves in Highland blood.
Pistol is a rare example of an early borrowing from Czech, from pišt'ala, ‘whistle, pipe’. The Hussite Wars in the 15th century were the first wars in which hand-held guns were of significance, and it is at this time that pišt'ala was used to describe a type of gun with a clear-sounding shot. The word rapidly spread through Europe and arrived in English via French.
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