Definition of pistol in English:


Line breaks: pis¦tol
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪst(ə)l


  • 2US informal A very energetic or enterprising person: when we first met, he was a pistol, full of ideals and a natural leader
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    • 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)

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  • Shoot (someone) with a pistol.
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    • In fact he pistolled the wounded Fraser at Culloden and the officers celebrated by splashing themselves in Highland blood.


mid 16th century: from obsolete French pistole, from German Pistole, from Czech pišt'ala, of which the original meaning was 'whistle', hence 'a firearm' by the resemblance in shape.

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