\ 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

The game, then, could have been something of a damp squib, with a point effectively suiting both sides. SI.com, "Women's World Cup Roundup: Germany Thrash South Africa & France Win in Controversial Fashion," 17 June 2019 Sweden Win the Group, the Favourites Flop & England Play out a Bore Draw After the Argentina game, the Three Lions' final group match against Nigeria in Osaka was something of a damp squib. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go - England Survive 'Group of Death' While Favourites Fail," 27 May 2018 There are also signs the election will be a damp squib. The Economist, "The uncertain promise of local elections in the birthplace of the Arab spring," 3 May 2018 The effect was to turn a slight and charming little squib into a showpiece. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "CSO delivers a winning Ravel program under debut conductor Pintscher," 6 Apr. 2018 Even if repatriation is a damp squib, however, America can expect capital inflows in 2018. The Economist, "Capital is on its way to America, but for bad reasons," 1 Mar. 2018 Even a call for a general strike by Catalonian labor unions was a damp squib, with public- and private-sector workers alike mainly turning up for work as usual. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Catalonia's Leader Flees to Brussels As His Party Fights on for Independence," 30 Oct. 2017 Despite all the chitchat, TV viewership was a bit of a damp squib: Ratings were around the same as last year’s all-time low in total viewers. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Uber Sues Fetch; NBC Ratings Gains, Uneasy Talent; Stella Artois Super Bowl Ad," 19 Sep. 2017 The Buckeyes had to alter their coffin-corner strategy to more of a squib option. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "No. 6 Ohio State rallies; J.T. Barrett delivers in 39-38 win over No. 2 Penn State," 28 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Drew Pomeranz gave the Giants five solid innings and Reyes Moronta a sixth when Tim Locastro squibbed an infield hit to Sam Dyson's left to start the seventh. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants offense looks hopeless against Zack Greinke in Diamondbacks victory," 29 June 2019 Tyler White squibbed a single that no infielder could gather in time for a play at first. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' 12-game win streak snapped by Rays," 19 June 2018 Bellinger hit a grounder that squibbed past Beltre at third base for an RBI double. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers make senior Bartolo Colon pay full price," 12 June 2018 Others believe teams with experienced kickers will just choose to squib or sky kicks in order to bypass the new rule. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Coaches, football leaders grapple with ways to make kickoff returns safer for players," 27 May 2018 The 49ers version of the West Coast offense, directed by Joe Montana, flummoxed the Cincinnati defense early as did Ray Wersching’s intentionally squibbed kickoffs. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Super Bowl history game-by-game, from Packers to Patriots | Miami Herald," 30 Jan. 2018 The Buckeyes simply gave up and were pooch kicking and squibbing the ball at the end against Penn State. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Ohio State 2017: Kicking game's dangers always scared Jim Tressel -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 30 Oct. 2017 Two pitches in, David Freese squibbed one to the left of the mound. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 6, Brewers 4: Getting the air knocked out of them," 20 Sep. 2017 But Yangervis Solarte’s squib off the bat handle scored Luis Sardinas. Nick Groke, The Denver Post, "Ryan Hanigan arrives just in time to punch the Rockies past the Padres in extra innings," 4 May 2017

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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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: a small firecracker

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