\ ˈskwēl How to pronounce squeal (audio) \
squealed; squealing; squeals

Definition of squeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a shrill cry or noise
2a : to turn informer squeal to the police

transitive verb

1 : to express with or as if with a squeal
2 : to cause to make a loud shrill noise squealing the tires



Definition of squeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a shrill sharp cry or noise

Other Words from squeal


squealer noun

Synonyms for squeal

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of squeal in a Sentence

Verb The car squealed to a stop. He squealed the tires and drove off. She squealed to the teacher. “Let me go,” she squealed. Noun She heard the pig's squeals.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With realistic details inside and out, working head and tail lights, and a controller that can be easily operated by small hands, kids will squeal with delight over this mini Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2022 Kids will squeal with joy going down the water slide with friends to see who gets to the bottom first. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 Children in seersucker suits, church dresses and all manner of gender-neutral Easter best will squeal with glee. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 Hefner had a cache of tapes and videos of orgies and drug consumption to use in case anyone threatened to squeal, according to Theodore and others. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022 What did people connect to, squeal over and smash, as the kids, say, that heart button for? Vogue, 23 Dec. 2021 The children would squeal in delight, being none the wiser. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Watch little ones frolic and squeal with glee as powerful streams of water shoot through the air with powerful force, cooling down everyone in its path. Andrea E. Mchugh, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 When the Chamelin siblings walk up to the hog pen next to the family home in Lineboro, the pigs squeal through the fence. Clara Longo De Freitas, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 23 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Finally, a loud, delighted squeal filled the hallway outside. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2022 Yet, there wasn't a hint of protest from the engine, a drop of fade from the carbon-ceramic brakes, or a whimper of squeal from the tires – the Ultimae laughed off my punishment and challenged me for more. Michael Harley, Forbes, 4 July 2022 The row behind me let out an electric squeal, and the driver crackled over the loudspeaker, telling us to wave our acacia around outside the windows. Rowan Moore Gerety, The Atlantic, 18 May 2022 Something snaps, the sound system emits a painful squeal and the rear-projection screen flashes like crazy, while Gainsbourg writhes on cue in her designer shades and daring red mini dress. Peter Debruge, Variety, 4 May 2022 Has that child-like squeal and excitement, courtesy of the worm, ever gotten any credit, in any column, by any outdoor writer in the past 20, 30 or even 40 years? Jim Gronaw, Baltimore Sun, 17 Apr. 2022 Sean Jackson’s mother let out a squeal of excitement as her son FaceTimed here from the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn’s walk-on running back was a walk-on no more. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 2 Apr. 2022 Players can also adjust the volume for tire squeal, transmission, and opponent's car sound. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 2 Mar. 2022 Cincinnati police responded to a squeal of a call Wednesday afternoon. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of squeal


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squeal


Middle English squelen, of imitative origin

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11 Aug 2022

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“Squeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeal. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for squeal


\ ˈskwēl How to pronounce squeal (audio) \
squealed; squealing

Kids Definition of squeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a sharp long high-pitched cry or noise



Kids Definition of squeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp high-pitched cry or noise

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