Definition of firecracker in US English:

firecracker

noun

  • 1A loud, explosive firework, typically wrapped in paper and lit with a fuse.

    • ‘Explosions of firecrackers signaled the end of the half-day ceremony.’
    • ‘Seemingly innocuous sparklers, firecrackers and bottle rockets exact a toll of pain and suffering on thousands of Americans each year.’
    • ‘The Tribunal heard the device was constructed out of firecrackers and a pipe but was not a genuine explosive.’
    • ‘We lit off so many bottle rockets and firecrackers that we had the girls running for cover.’
    • ‘The sparkler demonstrates how to get bright, sparkling light from a firework, and the firecracker shows how to create an explosion.’
    • ‘We raided the place and found hundreds of packages containing explosives and firecrackers.’
    • ‘Dennis also bought thirty to forty dollars' worth of fireworks, everything from firecrackers to some really serious-looking rockets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among the dead were seven people trapped in houses set alight when a firecracker ignited a stack of fireworks.’
    • ‘All around us, Berliners were lighting off fireworks, firecrackers, noisemakers and rockets, and none too cautiously.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fireworks and firecrackers are being sold even by informal traders at the Yeoville market.’
    • ‘No fatalities or injuries were reported following the explosion, which was reportedly caused by firecrackers placed inside an empty energy-drink bottle.’
    • ‘To well-off businessmen, the lighting of firecrackers and fireworks, to this day, symbolizes their expectation of wealth for the coming year.’
    • ‘They suddenly heard a loud cheering, and possibly a firecracker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three warehouses containing explosive materials, gas cylinders and powerful firecrackers were completely destroyed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I used to buy seven sacks of dates and numerous boxes of firecrackers and fireworks.’
    • ‘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 hardly a literary firecracker’
      • ‘If I had to chose one word to describe the broadcast legend, I would say he's a real firecracker.’
      • ‘I have a beautiful, wonderful, firecracker of a daughter.’
      • ‘People can’t believe she's almost 78 years old, because she's still such a firecracker!’
      • ‘What a firecracker she is!’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

firecracker

/ˈfī(ə)rˌkrakər//ˈfaɪ(ə)rˌkrækər/