[ pee-shoo-ter ]
See synonyms for peashooter on
  1. a tube through which dried peas, beans, or small pellets are blown, used as a toy.

Origin of peashooter

First recorded in 1860–65; pea1 + shooter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use peashooter in a sentence

  • I'll shoot the critter, after you've tried that there pea-shooter on him!

    The Watchers of the Trails | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Then there was the pea-shooter to fall back upon in case different arrangements had to be made.

    The Song of Songs | Hermann Sudermann
  • Killed him instantly with a little mite of a pistol with about as much carry as a pea-shooter.

  • Master Bates whipped out a pea-shooter, and blew a pea on to the exposed lobe of the sleeper's ear.

    Poison Island | Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
  • The whole of a Pyramid, shot from a colossal catapult, would not have been the petty charge of a pea shooter to it.

    The Johnstown Horror | James Herbert Walker

British Dictionary definitions for peashooter


/ (ˈpiːˌʃuːtə) /

  1. a tube through which pellets such as dried peas are blown, used as a toy weapon

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