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squib

noun \ ˈskwib \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of squib

1 a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech
b : a short news item; especially : filler
2 a : 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

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Origin and Etymology of squib

origin unknown


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squib

verb

Definition of squib

squibbed; squibbing
intransitive verb
1 : to speak, write, or publish squibs
2 : to fire a squib
transitive verb
1 a : 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

Recent Examples of squib from the Web

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First Known Use of squib

circa 1580



SQUIB Defined for English Language Learners

squib

noun

Definition of squib for English Language Learners

  • : a small firecracker


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