Squib Squib (skw[i^]b), n. [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftly, Icel. svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to whip, and E. swift, a. See {Swift}, a.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Lampoons, like squibs, may make a present blaze. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

The making and selling of fireworks, and squibs . . . is punishable. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mining) A kind of slow match or safety fuse. [1913 Webster]

3. A sarcastic speech or publication; a petty lampoon; a brief, witty essay. [1913 Webster]

Who copied his squibs, and re["e]choed his jokes. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

4. A writer of lampoons. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The squibs are those who in the common phrase of the world are called libelers, lampooners, and pamphleteers. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

5. A paltry fellow. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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