\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Fighting bluegills, cutting tight circles of power for their size, made these two kids squeal with joy and laughter. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 26 June 2021 The truck then backed out of Fleharty and accelerated eastbound on Lorain Road causing the truck’s tires to squeal. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Watch the ladies of The Real squeal about their new baby co-host below. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 21 Sep. 2021 The animal stopped and seemed to be trying to get its balance, moved forward again toward the doctor, halted again, then spun round on itself with a little squeal and fell on its side. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Throughout the episodes, those party scenes are interrupted by a lo-fi static pause-button overlay and a VHS-rewinding tape squeal, so that Pause can cut into other formats. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 17 June 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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The first known use of squeal was in the 14th century

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1 Apr 2022

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“Squeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeal. Accessed 23 May. 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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