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derringer

[der-in-jer] /ˈdɛr ɪn dʒər/
noun
1.
an early short-barreled pocket pistol.
Also, deringer.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; named after Henry Deringer, mid-19th-century American gunsmith who invented it
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  • After emptying the bullets into his palm, he showed me two pistols and a derringer.
British Dictionary definitions for derringer

derringer

/ˈdɛrɪndʒə/
noun
1.
a short-barrelled pocket pistol of large calibre
Word Origin
C19: named after Henry Deringer, American gunsmith who invented it
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Word Origin and History for derringer
n.

1850, for Henry Deringer (1786-1868), U.S. gunsmith who invented it in the 1840s; prevailing misspelled form is how his name appeared on the many counterfeits and imitations. "A small pistol with a large bore, very effective at short range" [OED].

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Encyclopedia Article for derringer

deringer

pocket pistol produced in the early 19th century by Henry Deringer (q.v.), a Philadelphia gunsmith.

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