Definition of squib in English:


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Pronunciation: /skwɪb


  • 1A small firework that burns with a hissing sound before exploding.
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    • I have these little squibs that explode to make it look like bullets are hitting.
    • The guy gets shot, he falls backwards, the squib explodes, tearing open his shirt clearly letting us see the blood package taped to his chest.
    • Speaking about the consequences of fireworks on dogs, operations director Jane Patmore said many guide dogs were forced into early retirement due to the misuse of rockets and squibs.
  • 2A short piece of satirical writing.
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    • But ‘To a Communist’ is more than just a satirical squib; its satire depends on MacNeice's literary-critical reading of Spender's text.
    • Horace Walpole had written a squib against him, which Rousseau attributed to Hume.
    • His acting is so total that he totals every ordinary part; only his own one-man squibs and diatribes, envenomed caricatures, and scurrilous jibes can contain his rant.
  • 2.1North American A short news item or filler in a newspaper.
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    • With the exception of a few newspaper wire squibs and profiles of hometown UNICEF volunteers, the story was completely ignored in the U.S. press.
    • There must be movies based on a single sentence - perhaps a squib of a newspaper story or a line of scripture or one famous quote.
    • A ready market thus opened up for political propaganda - in the form of pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, squibs, and caricatures - and the print trade rushed to meet it.
  • 3 informal A small, slight, or weak person, especially a child.
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    • I was only a little squib - he definitely seemed to be older than his age.
    • I can tell by your spiritual power that you are no squib.
  • 4 American Football A short kick on a kick-off.
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    • No time to talk, he insists; got to splice together a two-minute tape on kick-offs - on-sides, squibs, deep kicks.
    • "I was told to kick a hard squib, shade left," Bryant said.
    • With five seconds left in the game, Guerra kicked a short squib which Prospect quickly downed.

verb (squibs, squibbing, squibbed)

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  • 1 [with object] American Football Kick (the ball) a comparatively short distance on a kick-off; execute (a kick) in this way: we decided to squib the kick
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    • On kick-offs, they're squibbing the ball or kicking it short.
    • Wuerffel squibbed a kickoff in the fourth quarter because Conway suffered what he called a ‘total failure’ of his leg, and to add insult to the injury, Wuerffel was forced to make the tackle on the return.
    • He squibbed the kick and had to make the tackle himself, prompting Spurrier to slam his clipboard, visor and headset to the ground.
  • 2 [no object] archaic Utter, write, or publish a satirical or sarcastic attack: it is a sport now to taunt and squib and deride at other men’s virtues
  • 2.1 [with object] Lampoon: the mendicant parson, whom I am so fond of squibbing
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    • But he squibs the solutions suggested by the Balmain Secession Movement, even though these point the way to reconciling suburban loyalties with the structures of local government.
    • In squibbing it as they saw it, she betrayed their trust.
    • That is the sort of decision that real leaders of this nation have to take, and you have squibbed it.


early 16th century (in sense 1 of the noun): of unknown origin; perhaps imitative of a small explosion. The verb was first recorded in sense 2 of the verb (late 16th century).

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