\ ˈskwib How to pronounce squib (audio) \

Definition of squib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech
b : a short news item especially : filler
2a : a small firecracker
b : a broken firecracker in which the powder burns with a fizz
3 : a small electric or pyrotechnic device used to ignite a charge


squibbed; squibbing

Definition of squib (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to speak, write, or publish squibs
2 : to fire a squib

transitive verb

1a : to utter in an offhand manner
b : to make squibs against : lampoon
2 : to shoot off : fire
3 : to kick (a football) on a kickoff so that it bounces along the ground

Examples of squib in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If the Moonlight–La La Land mix-up was the ultimate Hollywood ending, this was the opposite: a damp squib of an anticlimax and a colossal own goal on the part of Soderbergh and his team. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Why Anthony Hopkins Won Best Actor," 26 Apr. 2021 Whether President Biden’s moonshot lifts off or turns out to be a damp squib will hinge largely on how the administration engages private landowners. Brian Yablonski, National Review, "President Biden’s Eco-Moonshot Should Use Markets, Not Mandates," 15 Mar. 2021 Fuller handled a squib kickoff in Vandy’s 41-0 loss at Missouri. Mark Long, orlandosentinel.com, "Browns survive late scare, hold on to beat Jaguars," 29 Nov. 2020 The day after Morse unveiled his device, a newspaper used a telegraph to relay the first squib of news from Washington to Baltimore. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Pulling Our Politics Back from the Brink," 9 Nov. 2020 The Gophers had Walker use pooch or squib kicks, which left Michigan with good field position. Star Tribune, "Gophers football replay: Michigan 49, Minnesota 24," 26 Oct. 2020 The 59ers blocked a punt that led to a score and also recovered a squib kickoff in the first half that led to another TD. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "Drayk Bowen blocks punt and scores TD as Andrean tops Lowell to clinch conference title: ‘We wanted to make a good first impression.’," 16 Oct. 2020 The Houston offense that set off postseason fireworks against Minnesota and Oakland was a dull squib in San Diego — at least after José Altuve's first-inning homer, the Astros' 14th long ball of these playoffs and their 13th in the last five games. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Astros' big bats go silent in ALCS opener loss to Tampa Bay," 11 Oct. 2020 Michael Wursthorn Friday's jobs report proved a damp squib to many analysts. WSJ, "U.S. Adds 164,000 Jobs in July, in Line With Expectations," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mason said the coaches asked Fuller to squib the kickoff because she was used to delivering low kicks on the soccer field. Joe Walljasper, Star Tribune, "Vanderbilt kicker breaks barrier but Missouri dominates 41-0," 28 Nov. 2020 But Purdue was assessed a personal foul after squibbing the ensuing kickoff to midfield, and runs of 21 and 14 yards by Sargent gave the Hawkeyes the cushion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Illinois stuns No. 6 Badgers 24-23 on McCourt game-ending FG," 19 Oct. 2019 Sure enough, Gregorius squibbed an infield single in his first at-bat before lifting his homer into the second deck in right field. baltimoresun.com, "Didi Gregorius breaks out of slump as Yankees pummel Twins for 2-0 series lead," 6 Oct. 2019 The Lions were concerned about the dangerous return man, so after the Lions took a 14-7 lead on their second possession, kicker Matt Prater squibbed the kickoff — hard. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 24-20 win over the Lions," 28 Nov. 2019 Keystone rallied with a short TD run by Shackelford in the final minute, but its onside kick attempt squibbed down to Clyde running back Gunner Golden — who had his hands on the football much of the night — at the 35-yard line to seal the outcome. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Top-seeded Keystone falls to Clyde, 28-20, in D-IV, Region 14 football playoffs," 10 Nov. 2019 The Irish didn’t attempt an onside kick as the Bulldogs were expecting, but squibbed a kick instead and dropped D’Andre Swift inside the 25. Tim Brown, oregonlive, "Georgia Bulldogs edge Notre Dame, 23-17: Live updates recap, stats and more," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of squib


circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1580, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for squib


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“Squib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squib. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squib

: a small firecracker

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