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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various marine cephalopod mollusks of the genus Loligo and related genera, having a usually elongated body, ten arms surrounding the mouth, a vestigial internal shell, and a pair of triangular or rounded fins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several carnivorous marine cephalopod mollusks, of the order Teuthida, having a mantle, eight arms, and a pair of tentacles
  • n. A fishhook with a piece of bright lead, bone, or other substance fastened on its shank to imitate a squid.
  • n. A sailor in the Navy.
  • n. A quid; one pound sterling.
  • n. A motorcyclist characterized by lack of riding gear, reckless/careless/unsafe riding, especially of sport bikers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of ten-armed cephalopods having a long, tapered body, and a caudal fin on each side; especially, any species of Loligo, Ommastrephes, and related genera. See calamary, decacerata, dibranchiata.
  • n. A fishhook with a piece of bright lead, bone, or other substance, fastened on its shank to imitate a squid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of cuttlefish or calamary; a dibranchiate cephalopod with ten arms, especially of the family Loliginidæ or Teuthididæ.
  • n. An artificial bait or lure of metal, ivory, etc., used in angling or trolling for fish, often simply a fish-hook on the shank of which a mass of lead is melted in cylindrical or tapering form to imitate a squid (def. 1).
  • To fish with a squid or spoon-bait.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Italian cuisine) squid prepared as food
  • n. widely distributed fast-moving ten-armed cephalopod mollusk having a long tapered body with triangular tail fins

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. Perhaps related to squirt (Wiktionary)
Possibly a blend of stupid and quick; "stupid, quick, under-dressed and imminently dead", a claimed origin, is probably a backronym Derived from "squirrelly kid" (Wiktionary)

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