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pistol

[ pis-tl ]
/ 藞p瑟s tl /
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noun
a short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand.
verb (used with object), pis路toled, pis路tol路ing or (especially British) pis路tolled, pis路tol路ling.
to shoot with a pistol.

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Origin of pistol

1560鈥70; <Middle French pistole<German, earlier pitschal, pitschole, petsole<Czech p铆拧t鈥檃la literally, pipe, fife, whistle (presumably a slang term for a type of light harquebus employed during the Hussite wars), akin to pi拧t臎t to squeak, peep

OTHER WORDS FROM pistol

pis路tol路like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pistol

pistol
/ (藞p瑟stl) /

noun
a short-barrelled handgun
hold a pistol to a person's head to threaten a person in order to force him to do what one wants
verb -tols, -tolling or -tolled or US -tols, -toling or -toled
(tr) to shoot with a pistol

Word Origin for pistol

C16: from French pistole, from German, from Czech pi拧t'ala pistol, pipe; related to Russian pischal shepherd's pipes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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