Definition of squeal in English:

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Pronunciation: /skwēl/


A long, high-pitched cry or noise: we heard a splash and a squeal
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  • We used the double-pulsed ESPI technique to investigate a brake that had a noise squeal at 5.92 kHz.
  • Funniest of all, though, is the opening squeal of computer noise nonsense that momentarily almost passes for a new Radiohead composition in itself.
  • The children shot in like missiles, the cliffs around echoing with squeals and splashes and Crocodile Dundee-style ‘coo-eees’.
screech, scream, shriek, squawk


[no object]
1Make a long, high-pitched cry or noise: the girls squealed with delight
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  • Most of the girls around us squealed with delight, but I shivered and chills sprang up on my body - I had been the intended recipient of that wave.
  • The girls squealed with delight as they each grabbed a slice greedily.
  • The three girls squealed in delight and began talking excitedly.
1.1 [with direct speech] Say something in a high-pitched, excited tone: “Don’t you dare!” she squealed
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  • A high-pitched voice squealed his name and made him look up.
  • ‘Oooooh,’ commented Alex, in an extremely high pitched squeal, his shifty green eyes darting at Arlyn and Casey in turn.
  • ‘Ah, Zach,’ he squealed in the same tone that he had used when the gang had been in fourth grade.
1.2 informal Complain or protest about something: the bookies only squealed because we beat them
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  • She squeals in protest, and tries to push him off.
  • He jumped, spun clear around in mid-air and took off running in the other direction, squealing in protest and fright.
  • Rynn lowered her head and nudged the small creature gently, but she caught him off guard and he fell over, squealing in protest.
2 informal Inform on someone to the police or a person in authority: she feared they would victimize her for squealing on their pals
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  • He begins, squealing on the bigger boys anyway.
  • His editor would not challenge and tolerate him, the various and sundry contacts and stoolies would not squeal to him.
  • ‘The reporter never squealed, but he never went to jail, either,’ Janensch writes.
inform on, tell tales on;
report, give away, be disloyal to, sell out, stab in the back
informal rat on, rat out, snitch on, put the finger on, finger, sell down the river



Pronunciation: /ˈskwēlər/
sense 2 of the verb.
Example sentences
  • These squealers are insurance companies that've been getting fat at our expense.
  • That's the case of these squealers - they're America's giant bankers, and they're out to crush their small competitors so the giants can then control all of our banking outlets.
  • When did we become a nation either of intolerant squealers who cannot abide difference of opinion or thoughtless conformists happy to oblige these fanatics?


Middle English (as a verb): imitative. The noun dates from the mid 18th century.

Words that rhyme with squeal

allele, anele, anneal, appeal, Bastille, Beale, Castile, chenille, cochineal, cockatiel, conceal, congeal, creel, deal, eel, Emile, feel, freewheel, genteel, Guayaquil, heal, heel, he'll, keel, Kiel, kneel, leal, Lille, Lucille, manchineel, meal, misdeal, Neil, O'Neill, ordeal, peal, peel, reel, schlemiel, seal, seel, she'll, spiel, steal, steel, Steele, teal, underseal, veal, weal, we'll, wheel, zeal

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