Definition of squeal in English:


Syllabification: squeal
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


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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


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



sense 2 of the verb.
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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?

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