squeal

[skweel]
noun
1.
a somewhat prolonged, sharp, shrill cry, as of pain, fear, or surprise.
2.
Slang.
a.
an instance of informing against someone.
b.
a protest or complaint; beef.
verb (used without object)
3.
to utter or emit a squeal or squealing sound.
4.
Slang.
a.
to turn informer; inform.
b.
to protest or complain; beef.
verb (used with object)
5.
to utter or produce with a squeal.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English squelen; imitative

squealer, noun
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squeal (skwiːl)
 
n
1.  a high shrill yelp, as of pain
2.  a screaming sound, as of tyres when a car brakes suddenly
 
vb
3.  to utter a squeal or with a squeal
4.  slang (intr) to confess information about another
5.  informal chiefly (Brit) (intr) to complain or protest loudly
 
[C13 squelen, of imitative origin]
 
'squealer
 
n

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squeal
c.1300, probably of imitative origin, similar to O.N. skvala "to cry out" (see squall (v.)). The sense of "inform on another" is first recorded 1865. The noun is attested from 1747.
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Example sentences
She has a heart-shaped face and a high-pitched squeal of a laugh.
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.
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