squall

verb (1)
\ˈskwȯl \
squalled; squalling; squalls

Definition of squall 

(Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to cry out raucously : scream

transitive verb

: to utter in a strident voice

squall

noun (1)

Definition of squall (Entry 2 of 4)

: a raucous cry

squall

noun (2)

Definition of squall (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a sudden violent wind often with rain or snow

2 : a short-lived commotion

squall

verb (2)
squalled; squalling; squalls

Definition of squall (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to blow a squall

Other Words from squall

Verb (1)

squaller noun

First Known Use of squall

Verb (1)

circa 1631, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

1709, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squall

Verb (1)

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skval useless chatter

Noun (2)

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skval rushing water

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The first known use of squall was circa 1631

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squall

verb
\ˈskwȯl \
squalled; squalling

Kids Definition of squall

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to let out a harsh cry or scream … Polly began to squall and flap about in his cage …— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

squall

noun

Kids Definition of squall (Entry 2 of 3)

: a harsh cry

squall

noun

Kids Definition of squall (Entry 3 of 3)

: a sudden strong gust of wind often with rain or snow

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