- A small 9 mm gun is an example of apistol.
- A 100-year old man who loves to tell jokes is an example of a pistol.
- a small firearm made to be held and fired with one hand
- such a firearm in which the chamber is part of the barrel
- Track & Field a similar device used to start a race or to signal the beginning of the gun lap: it makes a loud sound but does not fire a projectile
- Slang a remarkable or unusual person, esp. one characterized by eccentric or impetuous behavior
Origin of pistolFrench pistole from German from Czech pišt'al, pistol, origin, originally , pipe, probably from pisk, echoic word for a whistling sound
transitive verb-·toled or -·tolled, -·tol·ing or -·tol·ling
- A handgun, especially one that is not a revolver.
- Slang A rowdy or rambunctious person, especially a child.
transitive verbpis·toled, pis·tol·ing, pis·tols
Origin of pistolFrench pistole from German from Middle High German pischulle from Czech píšt'ala pipe, whistle, firearm from pištěti to whistle of imitative origin
- 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.
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present pistols, present participle pistoling, simple past and past participle pistoled)
- To shoot (at) a target with a pistol.
Probably from Middle French pistole, plausibly from German Pistole, from Czech pÃÅ¡Å¥ala (“firearm", literally “tube, pipe"), from piÅ¡tÄ›ti (“to whistle"), of imitative origin, related to Russian Ð¿Ð¸Ñ‰Ð°Ð»ÑŒ (piÅ¡ÄÃ¡l', “shepherd's pipe; harquebus"). 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).