or muz·zle-load·er

[muhz-uh l-loh-der]


a firearm that is loaded through the muzzle.

Origin of muzzleloader

First recorded in 1855–60; muzzle + loader
Related formsmuz·zle·load·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for muzzle-loader

Historical Examples of muzzle-loader

  • My own, a muzzle-loader, was discharged, but a rifle none the less.

  • It was a muzzle-loader—we had no Martinis or Mausers in those days.


    Bertram Mitford

  • At this time I was armed with a Springfield rifle, muzzle-loader, while the rest had the Spencer.

    In The Ranks

    R. E. McBride

  • Immediately there rang forth the sullen report of a muzzle-loader.


    Ernest G. Henham

  • The heavy ball from the muzzle-loader had struck Kazan fairly on top of the head.


    James Oliver Curwood

British Dictionary definitions for muzzle-loader



a firearm receiving its ammunition through the muzzle
Derived Formsmuzzle-loading, adjective
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