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deringer

[der-in-jer]
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noun
  1. derringer.

derringer

or der·in·ger

[der-in-jer]
noun
  1. an early short-barreled pocket pistol.

Origin of derringer

1850–55, Americanism; named after Henry Deringer, mid-19th-century American gunsmith who invented it
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British Dictionary definitions for deringer

derringer

deringer

noun
  1. a short-barrelled pocket pistol of large calibre

Word Origin

C19: named after Henry Deringer, American gunsmith who invented it
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Word Origin and History for deringer

derringer

n.

1850, for Henry Deringer (1786-1868), U.S. gunsmith who invented it in the 1840s; prevailing misspelled form is how his name appeared on the many counterfeits and imitations. "A small pistol with a large bore, very effective at short range" [OED].

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