- A long, high-pitched cry or noise: we heard a splash and a squealMore 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’.
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- 1Make a long, high-pitched cry or noise: the girls squealed with delightMore example sentences
- 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 squealedMore example sentences
- 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 themMore example sentences
- 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 palsMore example sentences
- 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.
- sense 2 of the verb.More 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.