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[fahyuh r-wurk] /ˈfaɪərˌwɜrk/
Often, fireworks. a combustible or explosive device for producing a striking display of light or a loud noise, used for signaling or as part of a celebration.
  1. a pyrotechnic display.
  2. a display of violent temper or fierce activity.
  3. any spectacular display, especially of wit or of a technical feat by a musician or dancer.
Origin of firework
First recorded in 1550-60; fire + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Imagine an interlude here for fireworks, followed by pertinent questions.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • "That ends the fireworks," remarked Bucks to those about him.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • She next met Pétia and a companion, both very full of some fireworks which were to be let off that evening.

  • Often the eagle-owls are asleep, and then you do not even see the fireworks.

  • fireworks were discharged, to express, so the newspapers said, the inexpressible love of the people for princes and princesses.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
British Dictionary definitions for fireworks


plural noun
a show in which large numbers of fireworks are let off simultaneously
(informal) an exciting or spectacular exhibition, as of musical virtuosity or wit
(informal) a burst of temper


a device, such as a Catherine wheel, Roman candle, or rocket, in which combustible materials are ignited and produce coloured flames, sparks, and smoke, sometimes accompanied by bangs
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Word Origin and History for fireworks

1570s, from fire (n.) + works (see work (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fireworks



  1. Excitement; furor; noisy fuss; hoopla: speeches that would produce the ''fireworks'' supporters have demanded (1883+)
  2. nger; quarrels; rancorous rhetoric (1880s+)
  3. Shooting; gunfire or cannon fire: The riot ended when the National Guard showed up and the fireworks began (1860s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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