- 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
Related Words for squibadvice, comment, story, memorandum, directive, picture, notification, memo, instruction, criticism, order, note, warning, manifesto, proclamation, advertisement, poster, news, review, witticism
Examples from the Web for squib
Historical Examples of 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 for squib
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.