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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 night was squally, and he thought it wiser to take a larger circuit than before.

    Our Sailors W.H.G. Kingston
  • The next night was black and squally, with occasional showers of rain.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • None would make a rate for me against the damage I might do on a squally day.

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • The morning was squally, and the sea rolled boisterously into the Sound.

    Turner William Cosmo Monkhouse
  • Then there were signs of clearing, with the wind sharp and squally from the west.

    The Rival Campers Afloat Ruel Perley Smith
  • The night of the attack was, as has been stated, dark and squally.

    Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3) Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  • It was a squally, rainy morning—the sort you expect in the North Atlantic.

Word Origin and History for squally

1719, from squall + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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