- a type of firecracker that burns with a hissing, spurting noise before exploding
- a short, sharp, usually witty attack in words
- a short news item; filler
Origin of squibprobably echoic
intransitive verbsquibbed, squib′bing
- to shoot off (a squib)
- Archaic to write or utter a squib or squibs (against)
- to explode with the sound of a squib
- a. A small firecracker.b. A broken firecracker that burns but does not explode.
- a. A brief satirical or witty writing or speech, such as a lampoon.b. A short, sometimes humorous piece in a newspaper or magazine, usually used as a filler.
- Football A squib kick.
verbsquibbed, squib·bing, squibs
- To write or utter squibs against; lampoon.
- Football To kick (the ball) low on a kickoff so that it bounces along the ground.
Origin of squibProbably imitative
- (military) A small firework that is intended to spew sparks rather than explode.
- English Navy squibs set fire to two dozen enemy ships in a Dutch harbor during the 16th century battle against the Spanish Armada.
- A similar device used to ignite an explosive or launch a rocket, etc.
- (mining) A kind of slow match or safety fuse.
- (US) Any small firecracker sold to the general public. Usually available in special clusters designed to explode in series after a single master fuze is lit.
- (automotive) The heating element used to set off the sodium azide pellets in a vehicle's airbag.
- (cinema or theater special effects) A small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.
- (dated) A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.
- (dated) A writer of lampoons.
- (law) In a legal casebook, a short summary of a legal action placed between more extensively quoted cases.
- (academia) A short article, often published in journals, that introduces theoretically problematic empirical data or discusses an overlooked theoretical problem. In contrast to a typical article, a squib need not answer the questions that it poses.
- (archaic) An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person.
- (slang) A sketched concept or visual solution, usually very quick and not too detailed. A word most commonly used within the Graphic Design industry.
In the Harry Potter series, author J. K. Rowling uses squib to mean a child of someone magical who doesn't have magical powers.
(third-person singular simple present squibs, present participle squibbing, simple past and past participle squibbed)
Possibly imitative of a small explosion.