riot gun

  1. a gun, especially a shotgun with a short barrel, for quelling riots rather than inflicting serious injury.

Origin of riot gun

First recorded in 1925–30

Words Nearby riot gun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use riot gun in a sentence

  • Rick heard the secretary draw in his breath sharply, and he surreptitiously got ready to pump a shell into the riot gun's chamber.

    The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Then he went in and got his riot-gun, well loaded with duck-shot.

    Following the Color Line | Ray Stannard Baker
  • So they raged all night, firing at the jail, but not daring to come too near the man with the riot-gun.

    Following the Color Line | Ray Stannard Baker
  • He saw Ben step through the doorway, a riot gun in his hands.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The Colonel ejected his words with the decisive click of a riot-gun.

    'Me-Smith' | Caroline Lockhart