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Probably from Middle French pistole, plausibly from German Pistole, from Czech píšťala (“firearm”, literally “tube, pipe”), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (“to squeak, whistle”), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-. Perhaps, however, from Middle English pistolet, from Middle French pistolet (“small firearm or small dagger”), which may be from Italian pistolese, from Pistoia (a city in Tuscany).
pistol (plural pistols)
- A handgun, typically with a chamber integrated in the barrel, a semi-automatic action and a box magazine.
- The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator.
- A creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises.
2011, Diane Lierow, Bernie Lierow, Kay West, Dani's Story: A Journey from Neglect to Love, page 81:
- She was gregarious, opinionated, and in charge, the kind of person you'd describe as a real pistol, and I was immediately drawn to her.
- February 2012, Thomas Pugsley, Denial (episode) in Young Justice (TV series):
- KENT NELSON —Until my wife Inza convinced me there was more to life. Ah, she was a real pistol, that Inza.
- 2012, Jimmy Correa, How My Prank Stories in ‘You Tube’ Made Me an Overnight Sensation, iUniverse, page 102:
- She features so many dance tunes and is a pistol with her sharp an witty remarks.
- (Southern US) A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.
- (American football) A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the center when the ball is snapped, but closer than in a shotgun formation, with a running back a few feet behind him.
Shooters normally differentiate between a pistol and a revolver, which is named after its rotating chamber; however, in common usage, the word pistol is also imprecisely used to refer to any type of handgun.
- machine pistol
- muff pistol
- pistol carbine
- pistol grip
- pistol pipe
- starting pistol
- Very pistol
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From Middle French pistole or from German Pistole, either from Italian pistola or from Czech píšťala (“whistle”), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (“to squeak, whistle”), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.
- a pistol (gun)