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A short-barreled pistol that has a large bore and is small enough to be carried in a pocket.
[After Henry Deringer (1786-1868), American gunsmith.]
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a short-barrelled pocket pistol of large calibre
[C19: named after Henry Deringer, American gunsmith who invented it]
der•rin•ger(ˈdɛr ɪn dʒər)
an early short-barreled pocket pistol.
[1850–55, Amer.; after Henry Deringer, mid-19th-century U.S. gunsmith]
n → Derringer m or f