Variant of 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: Fr pistole from German from Czech pišt'al, pistol, origin, originally , pipe, probably from pisk, echoic word for a whistling sound
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