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squeal

[skweel] /skwil/
noun
1.
a somewhat prolonged, sharp, shrill cry, as of pain, fear, or surprise.
2.
Slang.
  1. an instance of informing against someone.
  2. a protest or complaint; beef.
verb (used without object)
3.
to utter or emit a squeal or squealing sound.
4.
Slang.
  1. to turn informer; inform.
  2. to protest or complain; beef.
verb (used with object)
5.
to utter or produce with a squeal.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English squelen; imitative
Related forms
squealer, noun
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Examples from the web for squealing
  • When fresh from the water and thrown on the boards they uttered an extraordinary squealing sound.
  • They found the pigs all lying in a heap at one end, and pulled the top ones off alive and squealing.
  • The kids have been chasing them around the house and squealing all afternoon.
  • The poor beast drags itself to the side of the road, squealing in anguish and terror.
  • Sasha twirls around in delight, squealing and making extraordinary sounds.
  • Engines will be roaring and maybe a few tires will be squealing.
  • If a driver is squealing through turns, it might automatically put the car into sport mode.
  • They are squealing at the demanding targets they have been set but so far they are, more or less, hitting them.
  • Many lenders are squealing that more capital is not needed.
  • Naturally, exporters are squealing that they are being priced out of their markets.
British Dictionary definitions for squealing

squeal

/skwiːl/
noun
1.
a high shrill yelp, as of pain
2.
a screaming sound, as of tyres when a car brakes suddenly
verb
3.
to utter a squeal or with a squeal
4.
(intransitive) (slang) to confess information about another
5.
(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 squealing

squeal

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for squealing

squeal

noun
  1. (also squeel) An informer; rat, snitch, stool pigeon: He was working on a case with a squeal, and he knifed him (1750+)
  2. (also squeak) A complaint to the police: cop at stationhouse took the squeal/ The young cops who had caught the squeal didn't know what to do (1908+)
verb

To inform; rat, sing, squawk (1825+)


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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