squib [ skwib ]
1. a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
2. Journalism. a short news story, often used as a filler.
3. a small firework, consisting of a tube or ball filled with powder, that burns with a hissing noise terminated usually by a slight explosion.
4. a firecracker broken in the middle so that it burns with a hissing noise but does not explode.
5. Australian. a coward.
6. an electric, pyrotechnic device for firing the igniter of a rocket engine, especially a solid-propellant engine.
7. Obsolete. a mean or paltry fellow.
verb (used without object), squibbed, squib·bing.
8. to write squibs.
9. to shoot a squib.
10. to explode with a small, sharp sound.
11. to move swiftly and irregularly.
a. to be afraid.
b. to flee; escape.
verb (used with object), squibbed, squib·bing.
13. to assail in squibs or lampoons.
14. to toss, shoot, or utilize as a squib.
OTHER WORDS FROM SQUIB
WORDS RELATED TO SQUIB
advice, comment, story, memorandum, directive, picture, notification, memo, instruction, criticism, order, note, warning, manifesto, proclamation, advertisement, poster, news, review, witticism
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Origin: First recorded in 1515–25; origin uncertain
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR SQUIB
The squib had long burnt out by the time we got there; but the sight that met our astonished gaze was magnificent.
A VELDT OFFICIAL|BERTRAM MITFORD
Considering himself insulted by a squib in the Sangamo Journal, Douglas undertook to cane the editor.
STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS|ALLEN JOHNSON
The squib scandalized some grave people, who wrote severe admonitions to the editor.
A BUDGET OF PARADOXES, VOLUME I (OF II)|AUGUSTUS DE MORGAN
"Let me make a squib too, Francie," he begged, squatting down on the mattress beside his host.
SOLDIER RIGDALE|BEULAH MARIE DIX
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