WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
squib (skwib),USA pronunciation
n., v., squibbed, squib•bing.
- Literaturea short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
- Literature, Journalism[Journalism.]a short news story, often used as a filler.
- Rocketrya small firework, consisting of a tube or ball filled with powder, that burns with a hissing noise terminated usually by a slight explosion.
- Rocketrya firecracker broken in the middle so that it burns with a hissing noise but does not explode.
- British Terms[Australian.]a coward.
- Rocketryan electric, pyrotechnic device for firing the igniter of a rocket engine, esp. a solid-propellant engine.
- [Obs.]a mean or paltry fellow.
- Literature, Journalismto write squibs.
- Rocketryto shoot a squib.
- to explode with a small, sharp sound.
- to move swiftly and irregularly.
- British Terms[Australian.]
- to be afraid.
- to flee;
- to assail in squibs or lampoons.
- to toss, shoot, or utilize as a squib.
- origin, originally uncertain 1515–25
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
squib /skwɪb/ n
vb (squibs, squibbing, squibbed)
- a firework, usually having a tube filled with gunpowder, that burns with a hissing noise and culminates in a small explosion
- a short witty attack; lampoon
- damp squib ⇒ something intended but failing to impress
Etymology: 16th Century: probably imitative of a quick light explosion
- (intransitive) to sound, move, or explode like a squib
- (intransitive) to let off or shoot a squib
- to write a squib against (someone)
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