sawed-off

[sawd-awf, -of]

adjective

sawed off at the end, as a shotgun or broomstick.
Slang. smallish; of less than average size or stature.

Origin of sawed-off

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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  • Andrew, thrilling with horror, recognized one as a sawed-off shotgun.

  • And they've got four sawed-off shotguns and a tommy-gun in the back seat.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • He could whang away at a quarter with that sawed-off .45 of his and hit it every crack.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The Mexican crept to his sawed-off shotgun loaded with buck-shot.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • "Here is where I shine by being a 'sawed-off,'" he informed me.

    The Red Watch

    J. A. Currie