derringer

or der·in·ger

[ der-in-jer ]
/ ˈdɛr ɪn dʒər /
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noun

an early short-barreled pocket pistol.

Nearby words

  1. derrick,
  2. derrida,
  3. derrida, jacques,
  4. derriere,
  5. derring-do,
  6. derris,
  7. derrière,
  8. derro,
  9. derry,
  10. dertrum

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 derringer

derringer

deringer

/ (ˈdɛrɪndʒə) /

noun

a short-barrelled pocket pistol of large calibre

Word Origin for derringer

C19: named after Henry Deringer, American gunsmith who invented it

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Word Origin and History for derringer

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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