1. A handgun, especially one that is not a revolver.
2. Slang A rowdy or rambunctious person, especially a child.
tr.v. pis·toled, pis·tol·ing, pis·tols
To shoot with a pistol.
[French pistole, from German, from Middle High German pischulle, from Czech píšt'ala, pipe, whistle, firearm, from pištěti, to whistle, of imitative origin.]
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