Definition of squall in English:

squall

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Pronunciation: /skwɔːl
 
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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    gust, storm, blast, flurry, shower, gale, blow, rush, puff, scud; windstorm, thunderstorm
  • 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.

verb

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  • (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.

Origin

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

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