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Probably from Middle French pistole, which probably via Middle High German forms like pischulle from Czech píšťala (“firearm”, literally “tube, pipe”), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (“to squeak, whistle”), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.
Alternatively, from Middle English pistolet, from Middle French pistolet (“small firearm or small dagger”), which, if not derived from the above, 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 and 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.
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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)
- a pistol (firearm)
- Langs veggene sto politimenn med dystre ansikter, truende, med hendene på pistolene sine. Along the walls policemen stood menacingly with sombre faces, and with hands on their pistols. 
- “pistol” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- a pistol (firearm)
- “pistol” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
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