- a sudden, violent gust of wind, often accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet.
- a sudden disturbance or commotion.
- to blow as a squall.
Origin of squall1
- to cry or scream loudly and violently: The hungry baby began to squall.
- to utter in a screaming tone.
- the act or sound of squalling: The baby's squall was heard next door.
Origin of squall2
Examples from the Web for squall
By this time the squall had passed, and it lightened up a little.
The instant I was aware there was a squall, I sprang for the jib-sheet.
So the swoop of the squall took them completely by surprise.
The last commands were roars at the horse, for, at that moment, the squall struck.
In fact, the squall struck before I was abreast the Colton place.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a sudden strong wind or brief turbulent storm
- any sudden commotion or show of temper
- (intr) to blow in a squall
- (intr) to cry noisily; yell
- a shrill or noisy yell or howl
Word Origin and History for squall
"sudden, violent gust of wind," 1719, originally nautical, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skval "sudden rush of water," Swedish skvala "to gush, pour down"), probably ultimately a derivative of squall (v.).
"cry out loudly," 1630s, probably from Old Norse skvala "to cry out," of imitative origin (cf. squeal). Related: Squalled; squalling.
- A brief, sudden, violent windstorm, often accompanied by rain or snow. A squall is said to occur if a wind having a sustained speed of 40 km (25 mi) per hour lasts at least 1 minute and then decreases rapidly. See also squall line.