• WordNet 3.6
    • n derringer a pocket pistol of large caliber with a short barrel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Derringer A kind of short-barreled pocket pistol, of very large caliber, often carrying a half-ounce ball.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n derringer A short-barreled pistol of large caliber, very efficient at short range.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Derringer der′in-jer a short-rifled pistol, with one barrel—from the inventor, an American.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the American inventor


In literature:

I always carry my derringer, sir.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Which he does with a derringer.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
George Barr McCutcheon Blaze Derringer .
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
Do you know that the soldiers always carry a derringer in their pockets?
"Elam Storm, The Wolfer" by Harry Castlemon
But a derringer is about as good, and Jones has them for sale.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Her closed hand opened and a little derringer clanked on the floor.
"The Old Die Rich" by Horace Leonard Gold
The derringer, however, brought out an unexpected and gratifying stir.
"The Bright Shawl" by Joseph Hergesheimer
That was what the Parson called his silver-mounted derringers.
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
With a grunt of pain, Blakely, using his left hand, whipped a derringer from under his vest.
"Paradise Bend" by William Patterson White
The tall man had a sardonic gleam in his gray eyes, a ragged brown beard, and a derringer.
"The Rider of Golden Bar" by William Patterson White
But the other traders, though armed with navy revolvers and derringers, did not seem inclined to interfere.
"A Modern Buccaneer" by Rolf Boldrewood
Little money was found on his person, but he had a large revolver, two Derringer pistols, and a large dirk concealed about him.
"Mississippi Outlaws and the Detectives" by Allan Pinkerton
DERRINGER, a small pocket pistol with a short barrel and a large calibre (usually .41), very effective at short range.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The master's derringer is missing, too.
"Final Proof" by R. Ottolengui
George Barr McCutcheon Blaze Derringer .
"The Old Blood" by Frederick Palmer
Small Derringer, early type, rifle barrel, nipple gone.
"American Antiquities" by Wm. B. Norman
Buchanan knew that I had two derringer pistols.
"Steve P. Holcombe, the Converted Gambler" by Rev. Gross Alexander
Each of them, at the same time, drew out a derringer and pointed it at me.
"Four Years A Scout and Spy" by E. C. Downs
These I followed, clutching a small "pop-gun" of the Derringer variety.
"The Prairie Schooner" by William Francis Hooker
Meacham draws his Derringer, and pushing the muzzle squarely against the heart of Schonchin, pulls the trigger, but, alas!
"Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains" by A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham

In poetry:

Then coats went off, and all went in;
Shots and bad language swelled the din;
The short, sharp bark of Derringers,
Like bull-pups, cheered the furse.
"The Mystery Of Gilgal" by John Hay
One day,--it was June,
And a year ago, jest--
This Dow kem at noon
To his work like the rest,
With a shovel and pick on his shoulder, and derringer hid in his
"Dow's Flat" by Francis Bret Harte
Then rose a pallid man--a man sick with fever and ague;
Small was he, and his step was tremulous, weak, and uncertain;
Slowly a Derringer drew, and covered the person of Thompson;
Said in his feeblest pipe, "I'm a Bald-headed Snipe of the Valley."
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Yancy Derringer was named for the little gun he carried.
Rick Derringer 's "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" has one of the most iconic guitar riffs in '70s rock.
But Derringer 's career has gone beyond being a mere guitar hero.
Derringer 's other credits include recording with and producing the Winter brothers and a Christian album with his family.
Jock Mahoney stars in 'Yancy Derringer ,' new on DVD.
View full size Yancy Derringer .
Ex-stuntman Jock Mahoney brings an unassuming charm to his role of gentleman gambler Yancy Derringer in this 1958 CBS series.
Johnny & Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer , Leslie West, Kim Simmonds.
Edgar Winter with Rick Derringer .
He was the son of Naomi Walls Mendel Derringer of Harrodsburg, Ky. And the late Robert Lee Mendel .
Despite the lack of medals at the elite level, on the recreational and collegiate level the sport is growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year, said Karen Solem Derringer, the publisher of The Rowers ' Almanac.
Rick Derringer was only 17 in 1965 when he recorded his first big hit, "Hang on Sloopy," with his band The McCoys.
He is the bass man for Rick Derringer's band and a freakin' nut truly a ball of fire.
The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer/ Jasmine Nightdreams.
Jock Mahoney stars in 'Yancy Derringer,' new on DVD.