- a British light submachine gun.
Origin of Sten gun
1940–45; R.V. S(hepherd) + H.J. T(urpin), the designers + En(field), England
Also called Sten.
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Examples from the Web for sten
I am sharing a tent with two old maids and a sten from Richmond.The Carter Girls
Sten thought it belter to descend and try to explain himself.
When the iron was glowing as red as blood, Sten woke him again.
"I seek for the peace which the world cannot give," answered Sten.
"And yet I am thinking of becoming a blacksmith," said Sten innocently.
- a light 9 mm sub-machine-gun formerly used in the British Army and Commonwealth forces, developed during World War II
C20: from s and t (initials of Shepherd and Turpin, the inventors) + -en, as in Bren gun
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Word Origin and History for sten
type of light, rapid-fire submachine gun, 1942, from initials of surnames of designers R.V. Shepherd and H.J. Turpin + En(field) (see Bren).
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