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squib is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of squib in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… damp squib as Tazz Levani becomes the …”

meanings of squib


  1. 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.
  2. A similar device used to ignite an explosive or launch a rocket, etc.
  3. A writer of lampoons.
  4. A malfunction in which the fired projectile does not have enough force behind it to exit the barrel, and thus becomes stuck.
  5. A sketched concept or visual solution, usually very quick and not too detailed.
  6. A small firework that is intended to spew sparks rather than explode.
  7. A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.
  8. A kind of slow match or safety fuse.
  9. An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person or thing.
  10. In a legal casebook, a short summary of a legal action placed between more extensively quoted cases.
  11. Any small firecracker sold to the general public, usually in special clusters designed to explode in series after a single master fuse is lit.
  12. In special effects, a small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.
  13. The heating element used to set off the sodium azide pellets in a vehicle's airbag.


  1. To throw squibs; to utter sarcastic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute.
  2. To make a sound like a small explosion.

squib frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word squib occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics squib can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that squib can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) education, science, and technology;

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