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[skweel] /skwil/
a somewhat prolonged, sharp, shrill cry, as of pain, fear, or surprise.
  1. an instance of informing against someone.
  2. a protest or complaint; beef.
verb (used without object)
to utter or emit a squeal or squealing sound.
  1. to turn informer; inform.
  2. to protest or complain; beef.
verb (used with object)
to utter or produce with a squeal.
Origin of squeal
1250-1300; Middle English squelen; imitative
Related forms
squealer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for squeal
  • She has a heart-shaped face and a high-pitched squeal of a laugh.
  • Occasionally a high-pitched squeal is heard amid bumps and the sound of scrabbling toenails.
  • For years, he has lived twenty-four hours a day with a loud, grating squeal in his ears.
  • Tires squeal and skid as vehicles corner tightly at high speed around curves and dirt roads.
  • For example, train wheel rumble is a low pitch sound and a squeal is a high pitch sound.
  • Employees have never found it easy to squeal on employers.
  • The motor emits a delightful squeal when you stomp on it.
  • But all is quiet here except for the faint squeal of the construction elevator climbing to the surface.
  • And both have recently experienced technical milestones that made researchers squeal with glee.
  • Upon completion of your self-pleasure, mark him as your territory and he will surely squeal with delight.
British Dictionary definitions for squeal


a high shrill yelp, as of pain
a screaming sound, as of tyres when a car brakes suddenly
to utter a squeal or with a squeal
(intransitive) (slang) to confess information about another
(intransitive) (informal, mainly Brit) to complain or protest loudly
Derived Forms
squealer, noun
Word Origin
C13 squelen, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squeal

c.1300, probably of imitative origin, similar to Old Norse skvala "to cry out" (see squall (v.)). The sense of "inform on another" is first recorded 1865. The noun is attested from 1747.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for squeal


  1. A very closely contested and uncertain game, contest, etc: They met in a squeaker that year (1960s+)
  2. Something poised on the edge of one result or another, esp a success versus a disaster: ''It'll be a squeaker,'' Bartow said. ''This is a nervous time for us'' (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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