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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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  • He was despised by the other convicts, for he was a "squealer."

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • I know a boy's code of honor, and how he regards a 'squealer.'

    A Boy Knight Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
  • He never had been a “squealer,” and he was not going to begin now.

  • It hurt him, to think that he should be taken for a "squealer."

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • I know; but Stacey has my note for the rest of the money, and I dont propose to be a squealer, Gordon.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • So he framed it up so that I appeared to be a squealer, and started the gangmen after me.

  • I mean among those who honestly think Larry has turned stool and squealer.

  • "squealer and Squawker both went into the heap that time, I guess," said Rudolf.

    The Wonderful Bed Gertrude Knevels
  • But, if no obliging peeler Will arrest this midnight squealer, My own peculiar arm of might Must undertake the job to-night.

    Robert F. Murray Robert F. Murray
British Dictionary definitions for squealer


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 squealer



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 squealer


adjective phrase

Perfectly clean; white, sanitary, and untarnished • Sometimes used ironically to emphasize conventionality and unimaginativeness: this English band, made up of six squeaky-clean men in their early twenties/ one of the most squeaky-clean and buttoned-down of US corporations

[1972+; fr the squeaky sound produced by rubbing a finger across chinaware free of grease or dirt]



  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.
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