Origin of derringer
Examples from the Web for derringer
I saw along the sights of my Derringer the gleam of a knife and the demoniacal face of Gustave Berger.The Gully of Bluemansdyke|A. Conan Doyle
He took from an inner pocket of his coat a derringer with silver mountings, laid it meaningly upon the bar.Port O' Gold|Louis John Stellman
"I'm not to be trifled with, Phil," said Lynch, taking a small Derringer pistol from his pocket.Plane and Plank|Oliver Optic
He stood with his elbows stiff against his sides, a derringer in each hand.The U.P. Trail|Zane Grey
When she'd stretched out six of the hardest lots in the Bible-Class with a Derringer!
Word Origin for derringer
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].