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squeal

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verb \ˈskwēl\

Simple Definition of squeal

  • : 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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a shrill cry or noise

  3. 2a :  to turn informer <squeal to the police>b :  complain, protest

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to express with or as if with a squeal

  6. 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


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squeal

noun

Simple Definition of squeal

  • : a long, high-pitched cry or noise

Full Definition of squeal

  1. :  a shrill sharp cry or noise

Examples of squeal

  1. She heard the pig's squeals.



1747

First Known Use of squeal

1747




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