Squib

Definition of Squib

Pronunciation: skwĭbd
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.
- Waller.
The making and selling of fireworks, and squibs . . . is punishable.
- Blackstone.
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.
- Goldsmith.
4.A writer of lampoons.
The squibs are those who in the common phrase of the world are called libelers, lampooners, and pamphleteers.
- Tatler.
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 (skwĭbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Squibbing.]

Related Words

Atticism, agile wit, black humor, blasting cap, burlesque, cap, caricature, comedy, detonating powder, detonator, dry wit, electric detonator, esprit, exploder, farce, fulminating mercury, fuse, hatchet job, humor, imitation, irony, lampoon, malicious parody, mercury fulminate, mockery, nimble wit, parody, pasquil, pasquin, pasquinade, pastiche, percussion cap, pleasantry, poison pen, pretty wit, primacord, primer, priming, quick wit, ready wit, salt, sarcasm, satire, savor of wit, slapstick, slapstick humor, subtle wit, takeoff, travesty, visual humor, wicked imitation, wit
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