a child's toy gun from which a pellet is shot by compressed air, producing a loud pop.

1655–65; pop1 + gun1

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popgun (ˈpɒpˌɡʌn)
a toy gun that fires a pellet or cork by means of compressed air and makes a popping sound

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There are little tinny breech-loading shotguns the size of my first popgun, the one with the cork on a string.
The intellectual caliber of the first responders barely rose above a popgun level.
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