Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A spring lock for discharging a firearm.
  • n. The firearm to which it is attached.
  • n. A trifling or second-rate thing or person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A spring lock for discharging a firearm; also, the firearm to which it is attached.
  • n. A trifling or second-rate thing or person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spring-lock of a gun or pistol.
  • n. Hence A hand-gun or a pistol made to be fired by flint and steel.
  • n. A snappish retort; a curt or sharp answer; a repartee.
  • Snappish; retorting sharply.

Etymologies

Dutch snaphaan a gun, originally, the snapping cock of a gun. See snap and hen. (Wiktionary)

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