\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This week in the Florida Panhandle, there was something uniquely squeal-worthy: a photo of two bobcat kittens scampering along the top of a backyard fence like squirrels. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Viral photo of adorable bobcat kittens on Florida fence spurs safety reminders," 30 Oct. 2019 Traffic violation: Armour Road A citizen reported that a car occupied by three teens was driving recklessly in the area by squealing its tires, driving fast and braking quickly on Sept. 25. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Tradewinds Drive home burglarized: Avon Lake Police Blotter," 4 Oct. 2019 All joking aside, The Aristocrats often have audiences squealing with delight. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Aristocrats soar with new album, tour, and rubber pig solos," 29 Aug. 2019 NJ Devil and a bunch of squealing children can be seen playing with a parachute at an indoor play area that has giant window panes serving as the front wall. Chuck Schilken, latimes.com, "New Jersey Devils mascot shatters a giant window at a child's birthday party," 15 July 2019 The sound of women’s laughter and squealing children fills the kitchen as masa is spread across corn husks, a dollop of meat in the center, the little package rolled, sealed, and steamed. Emma Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "How a Prison Cooking Show Connects Residents to Life Outside," 2 July 2019 The Struts share a mischievous wink with their audience while rolling out squealing licks and catchy hooks. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "The things we loved about Riot Fest’s 15th anniversary, and some we really didn’t," 16 Sep. 2019 Throughout the terrifying ordeal, children could be heard crying and squealing. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Family Who Were Allegedly at the Center of a Violent Fight at Disneyland Face Multiple Charges," 24 July 2019 Seated in a sleek red sedan, he was escorted to top tier of the Dodger Stadium parking lot, squealing tires and everything, by a dark blue SUV with flashing red lights. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Bud Selig bemoans having to follow Barry Bonds on record home run chase," 9 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Harry then started making sounds as the family continued on to the meeting, prompting a squeal of amusement from his young son. Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "Archie makes his debut on Meghan and Harry's South Africa tour," 25 Sep. 2019 Mere mention of the movie to women of a certain age elicits squeals and gasps. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The 1980 Cult Classic 'Little Darlings' Is Finally Available to Stream," 16 Sep. 2019 So many jokes, so much body comedy, so many surprises and awwws, and squeals of live-studio audience excitement. Hairdressers were doing — and not infrequently botching — the Rachel. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Friends’ Is Turning 25. Here’s Why We Can’t Stop Watching it.," 5 Sep. 2019 According to the Zoo, the vocalizations can indicate distress (chirps and honks), pain (squeals), a friendly gesture (bleats), a defensive threat (chomp—a teeth clattering rapid opening and closing of the mouth), or a bark to scare off an enemy. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 The Zoo’s popular Giant Panda Cam is one of the best ways to listen in for the chirps, honks, bleats, barks and squeals. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 Brockhampton’s lyrics are intensely personal, but the band’s members have always been drawn to production effects that obscure their voices, pitching them high, to an absurdist squeal, or low, to a gloomy bellow. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Brockhampton Grows Up," 2 Sep. 2019 The animal lies on its side with its mouth open, no doubt emitting one final squeal. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Stuffed Dormouse and Fish Gut Sauce: The Flavors of Pompeii," 7 Aug. 2019 The squeal comes from a tab of metal built into the pad that becomes exposed as material wears away. Mac Demere, Popular Mechanics, "11 Things Your Car Is Trying to Tell You," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of squeal was in the 14th century

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19 Nov 2019

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“Squeal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squealed. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of squeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause (something) to make a long, high-pitched cry or noise
informal + disapproving : 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



English Language Learners Definition of squeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long, high-pitched cry or noise


\ 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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