squib definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a type of firecracker that burns with a hissing, spurting noise before exploding
- a short, sharp, usually witty attack in words; lampoon
- a short news item; filler
Origin: probably echoic
squib definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
To write or utter squibs.verb, transitive
- To write or utter squibs against; lampoon.
- Football To kick (the ball) low on a kickoff so that it bounces along the ground.
Origin: Probably imitative.