Definition of squeal in English:

squeal

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Pronunciation: /skwiːl
 
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noun

  • A long, high-pitched cry or noise: they drew up with a squeal of brakes
    More example sentences
    • 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’.
    Synonyms

verb

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Derivatives

squealer

noun
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  • 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?

Origin

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

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