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Definition of firecracker (noun) in English:
1 [noun] A loud, explosive firework; a banger.
“Oh, I do enjoy a good chicken wing now and again! The spicier, the better. There’s a flavor called firecracker at Wimborne Minster Wings that tastes like a mixture of Satan’s arsehole, the fires of Mordor, and the center of the sun. Positively delightful! FIRECRACKER!” – Oxford English
2 An outstanding, exciting, or attractive person or thing.
“I read this absolute firecracker of a self-help book last week. It’s called: How to Woo Friends and Shag People.” – Oxford English
Firecracker Quotes about Oxford English
- “When he was a lad, Oxford English created an event for his friends called “Bangers and Mash” where he invited the children at the orphanage to blow up sacks of potatoes with firecrackers. He was obsessed with the crackers. Using them and saying the word too. Anyway, It was wartime, so we didn’t have much for entertainment in those days. So we all got our firecrackers, threw them at our potato sacks, and, coincidentally, off went the air raid sirens. Oxford was convinced the Nazis came because they heard our racket. Don’t think he ever got over it, either. – William Germaine (Orphan #17)
- “Oh, yes – the firecracker incident of ’44. That was our entire potato ration for a month, and the nuns didn’t let us forget it. They said God was bringing on a potato famine like they had in Ireland. Those evil old wenches. Blimey, did that scare the knickers off of little Oxford! It wasn’t enough just to frighten us, though. They were nuns, so, naturally, they had to introduce us to some form of physical torment for our sins. Can’t get into heaven without at least sixty years of suffering, right? Gotta start them early! We had to kneel on dried peas every day for a week.” Mary Richardson (Orphan #23)
- “Never challenge Oxford English to a firecracker hot wing eating contest. NEVER! He eats them at least once a week; I swear on me mum. You WILL lose, and you’ll also be out more quid than you can handle. Either that man’s tongue is made of pure steel, or he’s too pissed to feel the pain of a thousand ghost pepper-infused needles pricking the fleshy skin of his taste buds. I challenged him once and was in the hospital for over a week. Good on him for visiting me tho. But I think he jus wanted to shag me nurse.” –Colin Leister (Owner, Wimborne Minster Wings)
- “The first time Oxford saw me, he winked and said, ‘Well, aren’t you a little firecracker?’ Little did he know, I was the ‘All England’ Female Tae Kwon Do champion, and I kicked him right in the teeth. Honestly, I did that chap a favor. They were a mess before I straightened them out.” – Wendy Cummings (Attempted Mistress #2,204)
1830, American English coinage for what is in England a cracker, but the U.S. word distinguishes it from the word meaning “biscuit.” See fire (n.) + agent noun from crack (v.)