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European squid (Loligo vulgaris)

Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. Perhaps a sailors' alteration of squirt.


  • IPA(key): /skwɪd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪd


squid (plural squids or squid)

  1. Any of several carnivorous marine cephalopod mollusks, of the order Teuthida, having a mantle, eight arms, and a pair of tentacles
  2. A fishhook with a piece of bright lead, bone, or other substance fastened on its shank to imitate a squid.
  3. (US, military, slang, mildly derogatory) A sailor in the Navy.
  4. (UK, slang, humorous, rare) A quid; one pound sterling.
    Can you lend me five squid? I feel like a bacon sarnie.
    • 2004, The Streets (lyrics and music), “It Was Supposed to Be So Easy”, in A Grand Don’t Come for Free:
      Press the fifty squid button – "Insufficient funds".
      A thousandth of a million squid or two monkeys / Or a whole fifty scores
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squid (third-person singular simple present squids, present participle squidding, simple past and past participle squidded)

  1. (fishing) To fish with the kind of hook called a squid.
  2. (parachuting) To cause squidding (an improper, partial, parachute inflation, that results in the sides of the parachute folding in on the center, and pulsating back and forth).


Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly a blend of stupid +‎ quick; "stupid, quick, under-dressed and imminently dead", a claimed origin, is probably a backronym.


squid (plural squids)

  1. (slang, motorcycling, derogatory) A motorcyclist, especially a sport biker, characterized by reckless riding and lack of protective gear.
    "In my mind, a street squid is anyone who races on the street. Period."1
    "squid: a cocky motorcyclist who darts very aggressively through traffic"2