pistol

Definitions

Food

  • barrel bread

Military

  • noun a small gun designed to be held in one hand

Slang

  • noun an attractive, active or powerful person. Used of and by both sexes as a term of admiration, the word need not have sexual connotations, but in modern usage often does.

Theater

  • (written as Pistol)
    Falstaff's 'ancient' (i.e. ensign) in Shakespeare's Henry IV,Part II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Abraggart and a cowardly ruffian, Pistol finally gets his comeuppance inHenry V, when Captain Fluellen forces him to eat a raw leek formocking the Welsh. Following this humiliation, Pistol announces his intentionto return home to a life of crime: "To England will I steal and thereI'll steal." His bombastic and often nonsensical speeches parody theranting style of many Elizabethan tragedies.
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