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noun (1)

plural squid or squids
: 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


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squidded; squidding

intransitive verb

: to fish with or for squid


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noun (2)

: an instrument for detecting and measuring very weak magnetic fields

Examples of squid in a Sentence

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The call of the squid Today, Gryc runs a small business that does B2B marketing for automotive tech. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 9 July 2024 The ensuing dance number was a disappointment, however, seemingly a hasty recap of previous delights that saw a grinning man with a squid’s head and another with a chainsaw stalking a woman through a frantically hoofing cavalcade of women on rollerskates and men in luminous polyester leisurewear. Damon Wise, Deadline, 28 June 2024 Their flattened skulls held slender conical teeth used to catch fish and squid. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2024 The Grill by Tom Booton, a fun slice of British culinary theatre, has a fresh menu: don’t miss the squid bolognese à la Koffmann, given the tick of approval by Pierre Koffmann himself. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for squid 

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Word History


Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

superconducting quantum interference device

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1613, in the meaning defined above


circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of squid was in 1613

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“Squid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squid. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural squid or squids
: any of numerous sea mollusks that are cephalopods and have eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles, a long thin body with a fin on each side, and a slender internal shell

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