What does derringer mean?

Definitions for derringerˈdɛr ɪn dʒər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. derringer(noun)

    a pocket pistol of large caliber with a short barrel


  1. derringer(Noun)

    A type of very small, concealable pistol with one or two barrels, but without any loading system or magazine.

  2. Derringer(Noun)

    a common misspelling of the Deringer pistol.

  3. Origin: Named after gunsmith Henry Deringer Junior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derringer(noun)

    a kind of short-barreled pocket pistol, of very large caliber, often carrying a half-ounce ball

  2. Origin: [From the American inventor.]


  1. Derringer

    The term derringer is a genericized misspelling of the last name of Henry Deringer, a famous 19th-century maker of small pocket pistols. Many copies of the original Philadelphia Deringer pistol were made by other gun makers worldwide, and the name was often misspelled; this misspelling soon became an alternate generic term for any pocket pistol, along with the generic phrase palm pistol Deringer's competitors invented and used in their advertising. The original Deringer pistol was a single-shot muzzleloading pistol; with the advent of cartridge firearms, pistols began to be produced in the modern form still known as a derringer. Pocket pistols may be considered modern-day versions of derringers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Derringer

    der′in-jer, n. a short-rifled pistol, with one barrel—from the inventor, an American.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of derringer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of derringer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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