submachine gun



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

Origin of submachine gun

First recorded in 1915–20; sub- + machine gun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of submachine gun

  • Cardon's submachine-gun ceased firing, the action open on an empty clip.


    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • She walked behind him, down the slope toward the light, her submachine-gun at his back.

    The Sensitive Man

    Poul William Anderson