[fahyuh r-krak-er]


a paper or cardboard cylinder filled with an explosive and having a fuse, for discharging to make a noise, as during a celebration.

Origin of firecracker

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; fire + cracker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for firecracker

sparklers, pyrotechnics

Examples from the Web for firecracker

Contemporary Examples of firecracker

Historical Examples of firecracker

  • Cap'n Jonadab set up straight and sputtered like a firecracker.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • A boy without enthusiasm is like a firecracker without a fuse.

  • I remember I thought it must be white and soft like the string of a firecracker.

    Track's End

    Hayden Carruth

  • You look like some one had dropped a firecracker down your neck, or something.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • She actually got a firecracker and set it off under that beast.

    The Liberty Girl

    Rena I. Halsey

British Dictionary definitions for firecracker



a small cardboard container filled with explosive powder and lit by a fuse


impressively energetica firecracker start to the race
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