squeal

1 of 2

verb

squealed; squealing; squeals

intransitive verb

1
: to make a shrill cry or noise
2
a
: 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
squealer noun

squeal

2 of 2

noun

: a shrill sharp cry or noise

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
The two squealed and embraced when Lizzo presented the award to her longtime friend. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 With a few hours to spare, Friedrich and her husband roped squealing pigs and guided distressed horses into a trailer and hauled them out. Gabriel San Román, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 The government should stop them Jan. 24, 2023 Industry has predictably squealed like pigs on the way to the abattoir. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 The setting—glittering sea, brilliant sun, luxurious vessel, squealing water fights—could hardly offer a greater contrast to the chilly environs of Balmoral, with its dowdy, tweedy routine of heathland-stomping and fauna-murdering. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2023 As Royce squealed and clapped, Wilson spoke to her while filming. Jenny Haward, Peoplemag, 5 Nov. 2023 Prior to becoming a father to an angsty teen daughter, gaming-prodigy son, and squealing 10-month-old, Dan (Wahlberg) was an elite government assassin responsible for eliminating global threats. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2023 Lil’ Kim came into his section with a gaggle of girlfriends and squealed when Usher stopped by to give her a hug. Danielle Amir Jackson Malike Sidibe, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2023 Three weeks later, police alleged, Mayorga drove the Challenger alongside a Gaithersburg officer, made eye contact with him and accelerated away squealing his tires. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023
Noun
Credit: Ridgway et al., 2022 Dolphin Z catching sea snakes in the Pacific Ocean with head jerks and a victory squeal. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2023 Over queasy feedback that squeals like a zombie radio signal, Brown tosses off rhetorical bicycle kicks, rhymes Cool Runnings with Good Will Hunting, and cracks wise about out-of-service McDonald’s soft serve machines. Pitchfork, 11 Dec. 2023 As night falls on Napa, dangling lights illuminate the ice and music supplies the backdrop to squeals of delighted skaters. Rebecca Deurlein, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 There were quiet moments of coloring mermaids together, and others that induced squeals of delight, such as a massive cone of vanilla gelato sheathed in rainbow sprinkles at Anita Gelato in Manly. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2023 Sounds and Ultra-Sounds of the Bottle-Nose Dolphin features extended passages of fairly mind-blowing gurgles, clicks, and squeals. Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork, 6 Nov. 2023 Ultrasonic squeaks and squeals are the top communication choice for bulldog bats, like this one identified in Equador. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2023 Within earshot of the children’s squeals of delight, a drug dealer on a rusting blue bicycle rode in swooping circles in front of a Washington Post correspondent. Kate Brady, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2023 The suspenseful music then combines with screams (and squeals) for a trailer that seriously sets the scene. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English squelen, of imitative origin

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1747, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Squeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeal. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

squeal

1 of 2 verb
1
: to make a long shrill cry or noise
2
a
: inform sense 2
squealed to the teacher
3
: to utter with or as if with a squeal
squealer noun

squeal

2 of 2 noun
: a long shrill cry or noise

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