a Y-shaped stick with an elastic strip between the prongs for shooting stones and other small missiles.

Origin of slingshot

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; sling1 + shot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slingshot

Contemporary Examples of slingshot

Historical Examples of slingshot

  • John Wilson said, "He should have had that one with a slingshot."

    Double Challenge

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • If he goes on with these fairy stories he will merely measure us coolly for a slingshot.

    Pieces of Hate

    Heywood Broun

  • One had to be equally expert with a blaster and a slingshot when the occasion demanded.

    Plague Ship

    Andre Norton

  • A sparrow is always fair game for the boy with a slingshot or rifle.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller

  • Jim and Charity were dazed as if some footpad had struck them over the head with a slingshot.

British Dictionary definitions for slingshot



US and Canadian a Y-shaped implement with a loop of elastic fastened to the ends of the two prongs, used mainly by children for shooting small stones, etcAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): catapult
another name for sling 1 (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for slingshot

1849, from sling (v.) + shot (n.). As a verb, from 1969. The piece of stone or metal hurled from it is a sling-stone (late 14c.). A slung-shot (1848) was a rock wrapped in a sling, used as a weapon by roughs and criminals.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper