[siks-shoo-ter, -shoo-]


a revolver from which six shots can be fired without reloading.

Origin of six-shooter

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for six-shooter

rod, gun, firearm, handgun, piece, forty-five, thirty-eight, pistol, revolver

Examples from the Web for six-shooter

Contemporary Examples of six-shooter

Historical Examples of six-shooter

  • As the ponies flash by, Moore's six-shooter barks three times.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • He glanced at Belle and saw that she had a six-shooter in her hand and a glitter in her eyes.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • His six-shooter fell to the ground and he clutched his side.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • "I got another, so you just subside a lot," commanded Alfred, recocking his six-shooter.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • I killed a deer with my six-shooter an' laid around three days eatin' on it.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx

British Dictionary definitions for six-shooter



US informal a revolver with six chambersAlso called: six-gun
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