handgun vs pistol what difference

what is difference between handgun and pistol

English

Etymology

hand +‎ gun.

Noun

handgun (plural handguns)

  1. A small gun with a relatively short barrel, designed to be held and operated with a single hand.

Synonyms

  • pistol

Hyponyms

  • derringer
  • revolver

Translations

Anagrams

  • gunhand


English

Etymology

Probably from Middle French pistole, which probably via Middle High German forms like pischulle from Czech píšťala (firearm, literally tube, pipe), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Alternatively, from Middle English pistolet, from Middle French pistolet (small firearm or small dagger), from or related to Italian pistolese (short dagger), from Italian Pistoia (a Tuscan town noted for its gunsmithing).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪstəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪstəl

Noun

pistol (plural pistols)

  1. A handgun, typically with a chamber integrated in the barrel, a semi-automatic action and a box magazine. [1570s]
  2. The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator.
  3. A creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises.
    • February 2012, Thomas Pugsley, Denial (episode) in Young Justice (TV series):
      KENT NELSON —Until my wife Inza convinced me there was more to life. Ah, she was a real pistol, that Inza.
    • 2012, Jimmy Correa, How My Prank Stories in ‘You Tube’ Made Me an Overnight Sensation, iUniverse, page 102:
      She features so many dance tunes and is a pistol with her sharp and witty remarks.
  4. (Southern US) A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.
  5. (American football) An offensive formation in which the quarterback receives the snap at a distance behind the center, but closer than in a shotgun formation, with a running back lined up behind him.

Usage notes

Shooters normally differentiate between a pistol and a revolver, which is named after its rotating chamber; however, in common usage, the word pistol is also imprecisely used to refer to any type of handgun.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

pistol (third-person singular simple present pistols, present participle pistoling, simple past and past participle pistoled)

  1. (transitive) To shoot (at) a target with a pistol.

See also

  • derringer
  • pistole
  • gat
  • rod

Further reading

  • Pistol offense on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References

Anagrams

  • pilots, postil, potlis, sploit, spoilt

Cebuano

Alternative forms

  • piskot

Etymology

A minced oath of pisti.

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: pis‧tol

Interjection

pistol

  1. expressing anger, surprise, excitement, etc.

Danish

Etymology

From Middle French pistole or from German Pistole, either from Italian pistola or from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pistoːl/, [pʰiˈsd̥oːˀl]
  • Rhymes: -oːl

Noun

pistol c (singular definite pistolen, plural indefinite pistoler)

  1. handgun, pistol

Inflection

See also

  • pistol on the Danish Wikipedia.Wikipedia da

Indonesian

Etymology

From Malay pistol, from Dutch pistool, from German Pistole, from Middle French pistole, from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪstɔl/
  • Hyphenation: pis‧tol

Noun

pistol (first-person possessive pistolku, second-person possessive pistolmu, third-person possessive pistolnya)

  1. a pistol (gun)

Alternative forms

  • pestol

Derived terms

Further reading

  • “pistol” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.

Malay

Etymology

From Dutch pistool. Ultimately from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Noun

pistol (plural pistolpistol, informal 1st possessive pistolku, impolite 2nd possessive pistolmu, 3rd possessive pistolnya)

  1. a pistol (gun, handheld short firearm weapon)

Further reading

  • “pistol” in Pusat Rujukan Persuratan Melayu | Malay Literary Reference Centre, Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2017.

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Czech píšťala (whistle, because of the shape), via German Pistole

Noun

pistol m (definite singular pistolen, indefinite plural pistoler, definite plural pistolene)

  1. a pistol (firearm)

References

  • “pistol” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Czech píšťala (whistle), via German Pistole

Noun

pistol m (definite singular pistolen, indefinite plural pistolar, definite plural pistolane)

  1. a pistol (firearm)

References

  • “pistol” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Romanian

Etymology

From Greek πιστόλι (pistóli)

Noun

pistol n (plural pistoale)

  1. pistol

Declension


Swedish

Etymology

Ultimately from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Pronunciation

Noun

pistol c

  1. a pistol (gun)

Declension

Related terms

See also

  • revolver

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