squealer

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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squeal definition


  1. in.
    to inform (someone about something). : Who squealed to the cops?
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squealer definition


  1. n.
    an informer. (Underworld.) : Some squealer let the cops know what was going to happen.
  2. n.
    a pig; a piglet. : They sent their squealers to market at just the right time.
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