submachine gun

[ suhb-muh-sheen ]
/ ˌsʌb məˈʃin /

noun

a lightweight automatic or semiautomatic gun, fired from the shoulder or hip.

Origin of submachine gun

First recorded in 1915–20; sub- + machine gun
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Word Origin and History for sub-machine gun

sub-machine gun


n.

"light, portable machine gun," 1926, from sub- + machine gun.

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