- a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
- Journalism. a short news story, often used as a filler.
- a small firework, consisting of a tube or ball filled with powder, that burns with a hissing noise terminated usually by a slight explosion.
- a firecracker broken in the middle so that it burns with a hissing noise but does not explode.
- Australian. a coward.
- an electric, pyrotechnic device for firing the igniter of a rocket engine, especially a solid-propellant engine.
- Obsolete. a mean or paltry fellow.
- to write squibs.
- to shoot a squib.
- to explode with a small, sharp sound.
- to move swiftly and irregularly.
- to be afraid.
- to flee; escape.
- to assail in squibs or lampoons.
- to toss, shoot, or utilize as a squib.
Origin of squib
Examples from the Web for squib
Here is a pistol, it is not loaded, but there is powder in the pan, and you can squib it.The Buccaneer Chief
He arrived at his climax like a squib that attains its ideal.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
But the squib is run to the end of the rope: room for the prodigy of valour.
Would Leonidas have fastened a squib to the robe of the Spartan mother?Damon and Delia
With eleven illustrations, designed by Squib, and engraved by Point.Life of Charles Dickens
- a firework, usually having a tube filled with gunpowder, that burns with a hissing noise and culminates in a small explosion
- a firework that does not explode because of a fault; dud
- a short witty attack; lampoon
- an electric device for firing a rocket engine
- obsolete an insignificant person
- Australian and NZ slang a coward
- damp squib something intended but failing to impress
- (intr) to sound, move, or explode like a squib
- (intr) to let off or shoot a squib
- to write a squib against (someone)
- (intr) to move in a quick irregular fashion
- (intr) Australian slang to behave in a cowardly fashion
Word Origin and History for squib
1520s, "short bit of sarcastic writing, witty scoff," of unknown origin. If the meaning "small firework that burns with a hissing noise" is the original one, the word might be imitative.