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popgun

[pop-guhn]
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noun
  1. a child's toy gun from which a pellet is shot by compressed air, producing a loud pop.
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Origin of popgun

First recorded in 1655–65; pop1 + gun1
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Examples from the Web for popgun

Historical Examples

  • It was like trying to storm a medieval fortress with a popgun.

    Way of the Lawless

    Max Brand

  • It is not a 'big bird' but, after all, I only shoot with a popgun.

  • Grace skedaddled, as consistency required; but with a popgun over her shoulder.

    Dariel

    R. D. Blackmore

  • Let me take your popgun, mate, he said, extending his hand toward Henry.

  • They're jest waitin' fer us to trail on between them, when every man'll let fly with his popgun.

    Indian and Scout

    F. S. Brereton


British Dictionary definitions for popgun

popgun

noun
  1. a toy gun that fires a pellet or cork by means of compressed air and makes a popping sound
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