- a pistol that utilizes compressed air rather than ignited gunpowder to propel a single shot, often a pellet.
Origin of air pistol
First recorded in 1955–60
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Examples from the Web for air pistol
Someone here has an air-pistol, and the owner of that has got to be found.
But the stiletto's done the thing in one instance, and the air-pistol in the other.
But I understand there was a shot fired as well—from an air-pistol, I imagine, as there was no sound.
And the air-pistol stunt simply used to throw the blame upon Ross.
He did not forget to arm himself quite to the teeth with his pop-gun, his bow, and his air-pistol.The Lilac Fairy Book