squeal

verb
\ 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

squeal

noun

Definition of squeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a shrill sharp cry or noise

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Other Words from squeal

Verb

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 Your web site is asking & advising Iowans to squeal on restaurant & bar owners for non compliance with your new COVID orders. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Steve King isn't leaving Congress quietly," 23 Nov. 2020 But turn-in is dull, and the tires squeal even at responsible street speeds. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "2021 Acura TLX Shows Signs of Greatness," 24 Sep. 2020 The latter’s squealing every morning served as my wake-up call. Dallas News, "Beyond Yosemite: Four state parks to seek out off the beaten vacation path," 4 May 2020 Shortly after Badgett's test was completed, a young child could be heard squealing, then crying in the backseat of an SUV nearby after nurses administered a screening. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Doctor's orders: Get your COVID-19 test, then come in for your delayed procedure," 4 May 2020 The cat squealed as it was being thrown, and a thud could be heard. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "California commissioner resigns after he threw a cat during Zoom meeting," 28 Apr. 2020 With each smirk, giggle or squeal, a piece of my soul returned. Her smile became our caffeine. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "I’m the mother of a toddler. This is why I no longer live in fear.," 10 Apr. 2020 Individual voices — chanting, ululating, cracking, squealing, howling — gradually emerge over speakers, as does a soft, smooth choral harmony underneath. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: An Opera Erases and Rewrites the American Myth," 9 Mar. 2020 Young women squeal as an athletic young man in form-fitting gray pants with pink stripes runs onto the stage and faces them with a huge smile. John Blake, CNN, "Why Christian music's biggest stars refuse to change their tune for the Trump era," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Missy starts squeal barking again, out of excitement. Alex Kormann, Star Tribune, "Exhaustion, injury, freezing cold: This Beargrease dog race competitor braves it all to win," 24 Nov. 2020 This is a car light to the touch -- drive it with your fingertips, even at tire-squeal speeds. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2007 Compact Car Comparison," 18 Nov. 2020 An engine roars and what sounds like six shots are fired before tires squeal and a crash is heard, based on the audio from the dash camera. NBC News, "Body, dash camera video released from fatal shooting of Black man by Waukegan, Illinois police," 28 Oct. 2020 Don’t write this off as a different kind of brake squeal. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Squeaky Brakes," 1 Oct. 2020 Survivors snort and squeal weakly through the haze, until two workers, using captive-bolt guns, put them down. Ted Genoways, The New Republic, "Beyond Big Meat," 4 Aug. 2020 On the other hand, English, Spanish, and Croatian chose pigs’ high-pitched, excited, or angry squeals as their identifying vocalization, and thus pigs say oink, oinc, and squick, respectively, in these languages. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Animal noises sound different in other languages," 21 May 2020 But the cheery faces of the children and their delightful squeals are a temporary illusion. Arwa Damon And Gul Tuysuz, CNN, "No can protect these Syrian kids from the bombs. This group is at least trying to give them the skills to cope," 11 Mar. 2020 Bear in mind that the tire squeal happens despite the Turbo S's standard all-wheel-drive system. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Reminds Us What Fast Feels Like," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of squeal

Verb

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

Noun

1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squeal

Verb

Middle English squelen, of imitative origin

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Time Traveler for squeal

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

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Last Updated

26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Squeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeal. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for squeal

squeal

verb
How to pronounce squeal (audio)

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

squeal

noun

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

: a long, high-pitched cry or noise

squeal

verb
\ 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

squeal

noun

Kids Definition of squeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp high-pitched cry or noise

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