squib [squib squibs squibbed squibbing] BrE [skwɪb] NAmE [skwɪb] noun
a small firework
see a damp squib at damp adj.
early 16th cent.: of unknown origin; perhaps imitative of a small explosion.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||A little pipe, or hollow cylinder of paper, filled with powder or combustible matter, to be thrown into the air while burning, so as to burst there with a crack.|
Lampoons, like squibs, may make a present blaze.
The making and selling of fireworks, and squibs . . . is punishable.
|2.||(Mining) A kind of slow match or safety fuse.|
|3.||A sarcastic speech or publication; a petty lampoon; a brief, witty essay.|
Who copied his squibs, and reëchoed his jokes.
|4.||A writer of lampoons.|
The squibs are those who in the common phrase of the world are called libelers, lampooners, and pamphleteers.
|5.||A paltry fellow.|
|v. i.||1.||To throw squibs; to utter sarcastic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute; as, to squib a little in debate.|
[imp. & p. p. Squibbed
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