a small, short-barreled pistol
Origin of derringerafter Henry Deringer 1786-1868, United States gunsmith
A short-barreled pistol that has a large bore and is small enough to be carried in a pocket.
Origin of derringerAfter Henry Deringer, (1786–1868), American gunsmith.
- (dated, 1800s) a common misspelling of the Deringer pistol.
- See derringer for usage notes about spelling and capitalisation variations.