\ 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

fink, grass (on) [British slang], inform, rat (on), sing, snitch, split (on) [British], squeak, talk, tell (on)

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Examples of squeal in a Sentence


The car squealed to a stop. He squealed the tires and drove off. She squealed to the teacher. “Let me go,” she squealed.


She heard the pig's squeals.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During peak hours on weekend mornings at Detour Doughnuts in Frisco, busy moms with strollers carrying squealing children zip in and out as other customers more leisurely peer through the glass case. Dallas News, "How the young owner of Frisco's Detour Doughnuts learned the business from her Korean parents," 14 Aug. 2019 In space, no one can hear your tires squeal, but that won’t stop Goodyear from putting an experiment to make safer, more efficient tires on a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station on Sunday. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Tires in space? Goodyear to test rubber in zero G. Here's why," 20 July 2019 After running a red light at Sunset Drive, the vehicle turned sharply onto Winding Way, tires squealing, according to the report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Police: 10-month-old was passenger in high-speed Friendswood chase," 27 June 2019 Children squealed in amazement and lost count of the hundreds of bugs around. Adriana Brasileiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Monster grasshoppers swarm Everglades," 19 July 2019 For the first half of the meeting Lopez was able only to blubber inaudible words and squeal from excitement. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Check out the moment Brett Favre meets one of his biggest fans during the AmFam golf outing in Madison," 23 June 2019 Throughout the terrifying ordeal, children could be heard crying and squealing. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Police Investigating After an All-In Family Fight Breaks Out in Disneyland's Toontown," 8 July 2019 Confronted by the cop, the man squealed and feigned panic. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: First the burglaries; then the dogs started dying (Part Two)," 22 June 2019 Hundreds of piglets — some even just a few hours after birth — are suckling, squealing and jumping around in their pens. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "I took a tour of Fair Oaks Farms. Here's what I saw.," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 There was a ruffle of feathers, muffled peeps and then squeals of joy from Hirsch Elementary School students as 11 hens and four roosters were placed into the school’s new chicken coop Monday morning. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "Poultry raised at San Antonio school come home to roost," 20 Aug. 2019 Wochit, Wochit The smell of burning rubber and the squeal of shredding tires are back at M1 Concourse and that means an annual ritual has returned to Pontiac. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Let the tire shredding begin: Roadkill Nights returns to Pontiac, adds events Friday," 9 Aug. 2019 The usually quiet halls of the McNay Art Museum echoed with children’s squeals and giggles Sunday when hundreds of families packed the museum to celebrate one of America’s most famous artists: Andy Warhol. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Hundreds of families pack the McNay to celebrate Andy Warhol," 4 Aug. 2019 Over abstract backing tracks that replaced conventional beats with moans, squeals and muffled roars, the artist played his part almost too well. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: What we loved and what we could do without on day 3," 21 July 2019 The songs of Boulevards are suave and funny, with falsetto squeals, jolts of synth accents, and percussive heavy-breathing keeping things hot and heavy. courant.com, "Boulevards bringing sexy good-time funk to Cafe Nine," 12 July 2019 When the fridge is filled and the blow-up mattresses are, well, blown up, check out either the West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale airports to see the grandmas and grandpas greet the family members with hug and squeals of delight. Bea Lewis, sun-sentinel.com, "How to survive summer family visits | Opinion," 2 July 2019 Traumatized by his stay at Sunnyside daycare, this reclusive Chatter Telephone aids—and later squeals on—Andy's toys in Toy Story 3. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "The Patents Behind Toy Story’s Beloved Characters," 14 June 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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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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