side arm

side arm

side arm ExamplesWord Origin noun Military.

  1. a weapon, as a pistol or sword, carried at the side or in the belt.

Origin of side arm First recorded in 1680–90 Examples from the Web for side arm Historical Examples of side arm

  • He didn’t go to his cabin; didn’t even take off his side-arm.

    Subspace Survivors

    E. E. Smith

  • On one of these doors Leicester was hammering with his side-arm, the Portuguese standing by on the step below.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Dirk, dėrk, n. a Highland dagger or poniard: a side-arm worn by midshipmen and cadets of the royal navy.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • Jack noticed that a Bavarian helmet and side-arm hung from the knapsack of one, a mere freckled lad, downy and dimpled.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • Others to the Old-German, Laz, from latus; the weapon being therefore a “side-arm.”

    Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe

    John Hewitt

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