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[skwaw-lee] /ˈskwɔ li/
adjective, squallier, squalliest.
characterized by squalls.
stormy; threatening.
Origin of squally
First recorded in 1710-20; squall1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You will when the wind steadies; it's squally just now, and she feels it, for she has no keel.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • The next night was black and squally, with occasional showers of rain.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • First part fresh Gales and squally, with rain; remainder more moderate and cloudy.

  • The morning was squally, and the sea rolled boisterously into the Sound.

    Turner William Cosmo Monkhouse
  • I've sailed with some hard cases in my time, and seen pins flying like sand on a squally day—but never a match to our old man.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • Then there were signs of clearing, with the wind sharp and squally from the west.

    The Rival Campers Afloat Ruel Perley Smith
  • Dickey and the capricious Lady Jane were bright or squally with charming uncertainty.

    Castle Craneycrow George Barr McCutcheon
  • The night of the attack was, as has been stated, dark and squally.

    Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3) Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
Word Origin and History for squally

1719, from squall + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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