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Sten gun

  1. a British light submachine gun.
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Origin of Sten gun

1940–45; R.V. S(hepherd) + H.J. T(urpin), the designers + En(field), England
Also called Sten.
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Historical Examples

  • I am sharing a tent with two old maids and a sten from Richmond.

    The Carter Girls

    Nell Speed

  • Sten thought it belter to descend and try to explain himself.

  • "And yet I am thinking of becoming a blacksmith," said Sten innocently.

  • Sten answered: "The fowl was fat enough; will you have some?"

  • When the iron was glowing as red as blood, Sten woke him again.

British Dictionary definitions for sten

Sten gun

  1. a light 9 mm sub-machine-gun formerly used in the British Army and Commonwealth forces, developed during World War II
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Word Origin

C20: from s and t (initials of Shepherd and Turpin, the inventors) + -en, as in Bren gun
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Word Origin and History for sten



type of light, rapid-fire submachine gun, 1942, from initials of surnames of designers R.V. Shepherd and H.J. Turpin + En(field) (see Bren).

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