Definition of firecracker in English:

firecracker

noun

  • 1A loud, explosive firework; a banger.

    • ‘As the boat drifted away from the shore, a loud crackle and pop of firecrackers filled the air - we were told it was a Thai custom to drive the evil spirits away, and that Lord Buddha would protect the boat throughout our trip.’
    • ‘Seemingly innocuous sparklers, firecrackers and bottle rockets exact a toll of pain and suffering on thousands of Americans each year.’
    • ‘We lit off so many bottle rockets and firecrackers that we had the girls running for cover.’
    • ‘Explosions of firecrackers signaled the end of the half-day ceremony.’
    • ‘All around us, Berliners were lighting off fireworks, firecrackers, noisemakers and rockets, and none too cautiously.’
    • ‘Fireworks and firecrackers are being sold even by informal traders at the Yeoville market.’
    • ‘Bottle rockets, firecrackers, and Roman candles are illegal in Iowa, yet some people purchase these items out-of-state and light them at home or at family gatherings or parties.’
    • ‘On Christmas Eve, Christmas night and, to some extent, on the nights preceding these, several areas were plagued by the noise of firecrackers and occasional larger fireworks.’
    • ‘They suddenly heard a loud cheering, and possibly a firecracker.’
    • ‘We raided the place and found hundreds of packages containing explosives and firecrackers.’
    • ‘Among the dead were seven people trapped in houses set alight when a firecracker ignited a stack of fireworks.’
    • ‘No fatalities or injuries were reported following the explosion, which was reportedly caused by firecrackers placed inside an empty energy-drink bottle.’
    • ‘Dennis also bought thirty to forty dollars' worth of fireworks, everything from firecrackers to some really serious-looking rockets.’
    • ‘The Tribunal heard the device was constructed out of firecrackers and a pipe but was not a genuine explosive.’
    • ‘To well-off businessmen, the lighting of firecrackers and fireworks, to this day, symbolizes their expectation of wealth for the coming year.’
    • ‘I used to buy seven sacks of dates and numerous boxes of firecrackers and fireworks.’
    • ‘The sparkler demonstrates how to get bright, sparkling light from a firework, and the firecracker shows how to create an explosion.’
    • ‘Three warehouses containing explosive materials, gas cylinders and powerful firecrackers were completely destroyed.’
    • ‘In the evening, every house, store, temple and wall is decorated with thousands of small lamps, while fireworks are set off overhead and firecrackers by the hundreds of thousands below.’
    • ‘In recent years, the Chinese government has clamped down on firecrackers and fireworks in the cities because of fire hazards.’
    1. 1.1 An outstanding, exciting, or attractive person or thing.
      ‘the book was solidly excellent but hardly a literary firecracker’
      • ‘I wish there'd been more people like her in my own family, more loud little firecrackers who gave us all a run for our money.’
      • ‘What a firecracker she is!’
      • ‘People can’t believe she's almost 78 years old, because she's still such a firecracker!’
      • ‘I have a beautiful, wonderful, firecracker of a daughter.’
      • ‘If I had to chose one word to describe the broadcast legend, I would say he's a real firecracker.’

Pronunciation

firecracker

/ˈfʌɪəkrakə/