squid

noun (1)
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce squid (audio) \
plural squid or squids

Definition of squid

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of an order (Teuthoidea) of cephalopods having eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles, a long tapered body, a caudal fin on each side, and usually a slender internal chitinous support

squid

verb
squidded; squidding

Definition of squid (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to fish with or for squid

SQUID

noun (2)
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce SQUID (audio) \

Definition of SQUID (Entry 3 of 3)

: an instrument for detecting and measuring very weak magnetic fields

Examples of squid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leaders of a coastal town in Japan are drawing the ire of some residents after spending $230,000 in COVID-19 relief money on a statue of a flying squid. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 The Humboldt squid was thought to have departed, or died in, Mexico’s Gulf of California after a hot streak in 2009–10. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 After preparing for the final battle, the attackers gather at the entrance of the squid. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 16 Oct. 2021 Today’s cioppino offers a treasure chest of seafood, often including Dungeness crab, mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp, squid and fish. Martha Cheng, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 The pasta del mar ($18) with fettuccine, shrimp, squid and mussels in a seafood cream sauce was a sleeper hit. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Squid Game, though, is actually the name of a real-life game that was popular in Korea during the 1970s and 1980s, in which the court was loosely shaped like a squid. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Crispy local squid tossed in a fish sauce vinaigrette and herbs top the dish. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021 Squid game is named after the squid-like diagram usually drawn on sandy fields. NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This lively garden restaurant serves a variety of Spanish delicacies from Iberico ham to squid ink croquettes to paellas. Rana Good, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 But for Humboldt squid the expansion of these dead zones has been a lifeline to new habitats. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2010 This meal can include everything from smelt and eel to squid and mussels. Jason Bittel, Family, 15 Dec. 2020 That shell is part of what makes the ram’s horn squid special. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2020 Not too long after that, when the story fast-forwards to its alternate reality 2019, squids rain down from the sky. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 17 Oct. 2019 But Benjamin Sukle, chef at (Hot 10 alum) Oberlin in Providence, RI, (a state that is to squid what Maine is to lobster) cracked the code: Cook it like chicken under a brick, applying the weight of a cast-iron pan to maximize sear and minimize chew. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, 23 June 2017 But Benjamin Sukle, chef at (Hot 10 alum) Oberlin in Providence, RI, (a state that is to squid what Maine is to lobster) cracked the code: Cook it like chicken under a brick, applying the weight of a cast-iron pan to maximize sear and minimize chew. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of squid

Noun (1)

1613, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squid

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

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“Squid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squid. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for squid

squid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of squid

: a sea animal that has a long, thin, soft body and 10 long arms

squid

noun
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce squid (audio) \

Kids Definition of squid

: a sea mollusk that is related to the octopus and has a long thin soft body with eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles

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