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squeal

verb \ ˈskwēl \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of squeal

1 : to make a shrill cry or noise
2 a : to turn informer
  • squeal to the police
1 : to express with or as if with a squeal
2 : to cause to make a loud shrill noise
  • squealing the tires

squealer

noun

Examples of squeal in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of squeal

Middle English squelen, of imitative origin


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squeal

noun

Definition of squeal

: a shrill sharp cry or noise

Examples of squeal in a Sentence

  1. She heard the pig's squeals.

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First Known Use of squeal

1747

in the meaning defined above

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SQUEAL Defined for English Language Learners

squeal

Definition of squeal for English Language Learners

  • : 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


squeal

Definition of squeal for English Language Learners

  • : a long, high-pitched cry or noise


SQUEAL Defined for Kids

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squeal

verb \ ˈskwēl \

Definition of squeal for Students

squealed; squealing
1 : to make a sharp long high-pitched cry or noise
2 : inform 2

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squeal

noun

Definition of squeal for Students

: a sharp high-pitched cry or noise


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