[ skwib ]
/ skwɪb /


verb (used without object), squibbed, squib·bing.

verb (used with object), squibbed, squib·bing.

to assail in squibs or lampoons.
to toss, shoot, or utilize as a squib.

Origin of squib

First recorded in 1515–25; origin uncertain
Related formssquib·bish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squib


/ (skwɪb) /


verb squibs, squibbing or squibbed

Word Origin for squib

C16: probably imitative of a quick light explosion
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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.

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