Definition of squall in English:

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Pronunciation: /skwɔːl/


1A sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet: low clouds and squalls of driving rain
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  • Our weather is very mixed today with odd glimpses of sun striking through racing clouds which keep delivering squalls of rain, sleet and hail.
  • But those same winds can bring squalls and ferocious storms at any time of year, and more especially in autumn, winter and early spring.
  • The cyclone announced itself in Mackay late on the 20th with rapidly strengthening winds and heavy rain squalls.
2A loud cry: he emitted a short mournful squall
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  • What with all the screams and squalls and hectoring vocals still ringing in my ears, I can hardly think, breathe, or see straight, much less string a coherent sentence together.


[no object]
(Of a baby or small child) cry noisily and continuously: Sarah was squalling in her crib
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  • Rose entered the house without making a sound, and walked over to her little brother who was squalling loudly.
  • The infant was lying on a table to the side, squalling.
  • Sam awoke to the sound of ocean waves crashing against the earth and seagulls squalling over head.


Mid 17th century: probably an alteration of squeal, influenced by bawl.

Words that rhyme with squall

all, appal (US appall), awl, Bacall, ball, bawl, befall, Bengal, brawl, call, caul, crawl, Donegal, drawl, drywall, enthral (US enthrall), fall, forestall, gall, Galle, Gaul, hall, haul, maul, miaul, miscall, Montreal, Naipaul, Nepal, orle, pall, Paul, pawl, Saul, schorl, scrawl, seawall, Senegal, shawl, small, sprawl, stall, stonewall, tall, thrall, trawl, wall, waul, wherewithal, withal, yawl

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