[ hand-guhn ]
/ ˈhændˌgʌn /


any firearm that can be held and fired with one hand; a revolver or a pistol.

Origin of handgun

First recorded in 1400–50, handgun is from the late Middle English word handgone. See hand, gun1
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British Dictionary definitions for handgun


/ (ˈhændˌɡʌn) /


a firearm that can be held, carried, and fired with one hand, such as a pistol
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Word Origin and History for handgun



1680s, from hand (n.) + gun (n.).

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