Etymology
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slingshot (n.)

1849, from sling (v.) + shot (n.). As a verb, from 1969. The piece of stone or metal hurled from it is a sling-stone (late 14c.). A slung-shot (1848) was a rock wrapped in a sling, used as a weapon by roughs and criminals.

updated on October 11, 2013

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Definitions of slingshot from WordNet

slingshot (n.)
a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones;
Synonyms: sling / catapult
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