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[pop-guhn] /ˈpɒpˌgʌn/
a child's toy gun from which a pellet is shot by compressed air, producing a loud pop.
Origin of popgun
First recorded in 1655-65; pop1 + gun1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pop-gun
Historical Examples
  • Yulee with the range and the bow and arrows, and Bo with his pop-gun.

  • What can you do with a pop-gun if the foe will not wait until you have taken aim at him?

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • "Bees," said he, and killed one the next moment with a pop-gun.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • “Something the matter with your pop-gun, I reckon,” said Jim.

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
  • Rina regarded the weapon in his hands with as little respect as if it had been a pop-gun.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
  • These I followed, clutching a small "pop-gun" of the Derringer variety.

    The Prairie Schooner William Francis Hooker
  • The second is a pop-gun, indicating the age of breeches (and breaches).

    Comic Arithmetic Anonymous
  • Suddenly the thought of Rob Currier's pop-gun recurred to me.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • Horace gave a jump at the sound o my voice, an covered me with his pop-gun.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • I never did; with the pop-gun and umbrella you will revolutionize the science of angling.

British Dictionary definitions for pop-gun


a toy gun that fires a pellet or cork by means of compressed air and makes a popping sound
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pop-gun

type of child's toy, 1620s, from pop (n.1) + gun (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pop-gun



A pistol (1849+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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