fire·​crack·​er | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌkra-kər How to pronounce firecracker (audio) \

Definition of firecracker

: a usually paper cylinder containing an explosive and a fuse and set off to make a noise

Examples of firecracker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whenever a firecracker of a match broke out at Arthur Ashe Stadium, or even on one of the field courts during the first week, other players began to appear in the stands. New York Times, "When Sports Made Us Happy in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Instantly, the flavor snaps against my taste buds — that earthy, cheesy tang — flashing like a firecracker, lighting up the whole wet cave of my mouth and radiating out, further, to fill my whole head, my whole being. New York Times, "I Recommend Eating Chips," 13 Jan. 2021 Mel Awes was a firecracker and a fun-maker, prone to spontaneity, whose energy filled a room. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Together in life and death: Minnesota couples battle COVID-19," 27 Dec. 2020 When eight grade firecracker Kelly Collins is forced to attend military school after her mom marries Brigadier General Joe Maxwell, the colorful fashionista has trouble falling in line with her cadet classmates. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "The 60 Best Disney Channel Movies of All Time," 10 Dec. 2020 Into this milieu enters Annabel, a blunt-talking firecracker of a kid compared with her reserved and watchful older brother. Jenny Shank Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Nights When Nothing Happens,' by Simon Han," 20 Nov. 2020 Crape myrtles soar like totems out of the layers of low plantings, their summer firecracker blooms finished and their leaves turning rust red. James S. Russell, New York Times, "Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns Over a New Leaf," 22 Oct. 2020 When the sandbar’s lunch rush hits at 2 p.m. Saturday, Lycke is a firecracker of energy, ping-ponging from aft to stern, reaching into chest freezers for clams, shoving pork shoulder into a smoker, and dropping gator meat into an eight-gallon fryer. Phillip Valys,, "Gator bites and bikinis: Jay’s Sandbar BBQ feeds hungry boaters aboard Fort Lauderdale’s only floating restaurant," 14 Oct. 2020 It’s a smart, fast-moving and entertaining firecracker of a play. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Race, rebellion, art and death at the heart of local virtual theater shows," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of firecracker

1823, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2021

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“Firecracker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of firecracker

: a small paper cylinder that is filled with an explosive and that produces a loud noise when it explodes


fire·​crack·​er | \ ˈfīr-ˌkra-kər How to pronounce firecracker (audio) \

Kids Definition of firecracker

: a paper tube containing an explosive to be set off for amusement

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