- Henry Deringer (1786-1868) was a successful manufacturer of squirrel rifles in Philadelphia, the city in which he was born. The rifles worked so well that the demand for them became nationwide. Deringer then turned his talents to the manufacturing of a shortbarreled, wide-bore pocket pistol, with a grip shaped like the head of a bird. It was a single-shot, muzzle-loading percussion pistol that could easily be carried by politicians in a vest pocket or, during the Gay Nineties, concealed by chorus girls in their bosom or other handy place in their clothing. The pistols became exceedingly popular as weapons of defense.The demand for the gun was so great that the competitors tried all kinds of tricks to duplicate it. One manufacturer even changed the name to derringer (with two r's) in an effort to avoid infringement of patent and copyright laws. And it was the spelling of this wildcat version that stuck.
Dictionary of eponyms. Morton S. Freeman. 2013.
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Derringer — Der Deringer von … Deutsch Wikipedia
Derringer — Der rin*ger, n. [From the American inventor.] A kind of short barreled pocket pistol, of very large caliber, often carrying a half ounce ball. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
derringer — 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] … Etymology dictionary
derringer — ☆ derringer [der′in jər ] n. [after Henry Deringer 1786 1868, U.S. gunsmith] a small, short barreled pistol … English World dictionary
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derringer — noun Etymology: Henry Deringer died 1869 American inventor Date: 1853 a short barreled pocket pistol … New Collegiate Dictionary
derringer — /der in jeuhr/, n. an early short barreled pocket pistol. Also, deringer. [1850 55, Amer.; named after Henry Deringer, mid 19th century American gunsmith who invented it] * * * ▪ pistol also spelled Deringer, pocket pistol produced in the… … Universalium
Derringer — noun a common misspelling of the Deringer pistol … Wiktionary