squeal


1squeal

verb \ˈskwēl\

: to make or cause (something) to make a long, high-pitched cry or noise

: to tell someone in authority (such as the police or a teacher) about something wrong that someone has done

: to say (something) in a high and excited voice

Full Definition of SQUEAL

intransitive verb
1
:  to make a shrill cry or noise
2
a :  to turn informer <squeal to the police>
b :  complain, protest
transitive verb
1
:  to express with or as if with a squeal
2
:  to cause to make a loud shrill noise <squealing the tires>
squeal·er noun

Examples of SQUEAL

  1. The car squealed to a stop.
  2. He squealed the tires and drove off.
  3. She squealed to the teacher.
  4. Let me go, she squealed.

Origin of SQUEAL

Middle English squelen, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to SQUEAL

Synonyms
fink, grass (on) [British slang], inform, rat (on), sing, snitch, split (on) [British], squeak, talk, tell (on), drop a dime (on)
Antonyms
crow, delight, rejoice

2squeal

noun

: a long, high-pitched cry or noise

Full Definition of SQUEAL

:  a shrill sharp cry or noise

Examples of SQUEAL

  1. She heard the pig's squeals.

First Known Use of SQUEAL

1747

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