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squeal

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of squeal

  1. 1 to give information (as to the authorities) about another's improper or unlawful activities <that stool pigeon squealed to the police about the whole smuggling operation> Synonyms fink, grass (on) [British slang], inform, rat (on), sing, snitch, split (on) [British], squeak, talk, tell (on) Related Words betray, give away, turn in; backstab, cross, double-cross, sell (out), two-time; blab, tattle; tip (off) Phrases drop a dime (on)

  2. 2 to cry out loudly and emotionally <the child squealed with frustration> Synonyms howl, screech, shriek, shrill, squall, scream, yelp, yellRelated Words bay, caterwaul, keen, squawk, wail, yawp (or yaup), yowl; bawl, call, cry, holler, shout, thunder, vociferateNear Antonyms murmur, mutter, whisper

  3. 3 to express dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment usually tiresomely <hoped that a DVD player in the backseat would keep the kids from squealing about long car rides> Synonyms beef, bellyache, bitch, bleat, carp, caterwaul, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grump, holler, inveigh, keen, kick, kvetch, maunder [chiefly British], moan, murmur, mutter, nag, repine, scream, squawk, complain, wail, whimper, whine, whinge [British], yammer, yawp (or yaup), yowlRelated Words object (to), protest, quarrel (with); cavil, quibble; fret, stew, worry; blubber, cry, sob; bemoan, bewail, deplore, lamentNear Antonyms accept, bear, countenance, endure, take, tolerate; applaud, cheer, commendAntonyms crow, delight, rejoice





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