squib

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
squib (skwib),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  squibbed, squib•bing. 

n. 
  1. Literaturea short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
  2. Literature, Journalism[Journalism.]a short news story, often used as a filler.
  3. Rocketrya small firework, consisting of a tube or ball filled with powder, that burns with a hissing noise terminated usually by a slight explosion.
  4. Rocketrya firecracker broken in the middle so that it burns with a hissing noise but does not explode.
  5. British Terms[Australian.]a coward.
  6. Rocketryan electric, pyrotechnic device for firing the igniter of a rocket engine, esp. a solid-propellant engine.
  7. [Obs.]a mean or paltry fellow.

v.i. 
  1. Literature, Journalismto write squibs.
  2. Rocketryto shoot a squib.
  3. to explode with a small, sharp sound.
  4. to move swiftly and irregularly.
  5. British Terms[Australian.]
    • to be afraid.
    • to flee;
      escape.

v.t. 
  1. to assail in squibs or lampoons.
  2. to toss, shoot, or utilize as a squib.
squibbish, adj. 
  • origin, originally uncertain 1515–25


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

squib /skwɪb/ n
  1. a firework, usually having a tube filled with gunpowder, that burns with a hissing noise and culminates in a small explosion
  2. a short witty attack; lampoon
  3. damp squibsomething intended but failing to impress
vb (squibs, squibbing, squibbed)
  1. (intransitive) to sound, move, or explode like a squib
  2. (intransitive) to let off or shoot a squib
  3. to write a squib against (someone)
Etymology: 16th Century: probably imitative of a quick light explosion



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