- The definition of a pistol is a small gun or firearm you can hold in one hand, or is slang for a remarkable person.
- 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
- 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.
- Pistol offense on Wikipedia.
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.
- pilots, postil, sploit, spoilt
Probably from Middle French pistole, plausibly from German Pistole, from Czech píšťala (“firearm”, literally “tube, pipe”), from pištěti (“to whistle”), of imitative origin, related to Russian пищаль (piščál’, “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).