Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A firearm, similar to a musket but with a shorter barrel.
  • n. One who is armed with such a musket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short musket.
  • n. One who is armed with such a musket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light and short hand-gun: in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries a usual weapon of cavalry.
  • n. A soldier armed with a musketoon: generally used in the plural.

Etymologies

French mousqueton; compare Italian moschettone. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Blunderbuss: This is a heavy musket with a bell-shaped barrel, also referred to as a musketoon.

    Firearms for Pathfinder « Geek Related

  • At the distance of about thirty yards he halted and stood fast, raised himself on his stirrups, as if to reconnoitre and ascertain the purpose of the opposite party, and brought his musketoon under his right arm, ready for use, if occasion should require it.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • The women were then taken in one direction, and the men, among whom of course was Rashleigh, were ordered to follow a turnkey in another, through a long and gloomy passage, which displayed at intervals festoons of fetters of all shapes and sizes, handcuffs, fire-arms of every kind and capacity, from the bell-mouthed musketoon with bore as wide as a teacup to the pocket pistol, carrying a bullet not much bigger than a pea.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • Moniplies got him under, wrenched a long knife from his hand, dealt him a desperate stab with his own weapon, and leaped on his feet; and, as the wounded man struggled to follow his example, he struck him upon the head with the butt-end of a musketoon, which last blow proved fatal.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • A sword, musketoon, and a pair of pistols, hung over the chimney, in ostentatious display, as if to intimate that the proprietor would be prompt in the defence of his premises.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • And Adam Andrews, sitting next him, saw him lay hands upon his musketoon.

    Mary Anerley

  • He had a musketoon over his shoulder and an ax stuck in his girdle.

    War and Peace

  • He was armed with a musketoon (which he carried rather as a joke), a pike and an ax, which latter he used as a wolf uses its teeth, with equal case picking fleas out of its fur or crunching thick bones.

    War and Peace

  • There was a wretched old musketoon stuck into the waistband of Quint's pants;

    Wizard and Glass

  • No sooner did he behold these varlet heathens than he trembled with excessive valor, and although a good half mile distant he seized a musketoon that lay at hand, and, turning away his head, fired it most intrepidly in the face of the blessed sun.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8

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