- 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 squalling
Then she sprang away, up the trail, squalling with every leap she made.White Fang
Parr smote one on the side of the neck and spilled him in a squalling heap.The Devil's Asteroid
Manly Wade Wellman
Several children were squalling in the lane before the house.Rabbi and Priest
The squalling of an infant ushered in the rosy-fingered dawn.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia
Paul T. Gilbert
But the best specimens were the street singers, that ragged, squalling class.Sinks of London Laid Open
- 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 squalling
"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.