squall

1
[ skwawl ]
/ skwɔl /

noun

a sudden, violent gust of wind, often accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet.
a sudden disturbance or commotion.

verb (used without object)

to blow as a squall.

Origin of squall

1
First recorded in 1690–1700; perhaps special use of squall2
Related formssquall·ish, adjective

Definition for squall (2 of 2)

squall

2
[ skwawl ]
/ skwɔl /

verb (used without object)

to cry or scream loudly and violently: The hungry baby began to squall.

verb (used with object)

to utter in a screaming tone.

noun

the act or sound of squalling: The baby's squall was heard next door.

Origin of squall

2
1625–35; perhaps < Old Norse skvala shriek, cry; compare Swedish, Norwegian skvala splash, stream
Related formssquall·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for squall (1 of 2)

squall

1
/ (skwɔːl) /

noun

a sudden strong wind or brief turbulent storm
any sudden commotion or show of temper

verb

(intr) to blow in a squall
Derived Formssquallish, adjectivesqually, adjective

Word Origin for squall

C18: perhaps a special use of squall ²

British Dictionary definitions for squall (2 of 2)

squall

2
/ (skwɔːl) /

verb

(intr) to cry noisily; yell

noun

a shrill or noisy yell or howl
Derived Formssqualler, noun

Word Origin for squall

C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic skvala to shout; see squeal
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Science definitions for squall

squall

[ skwôl ]

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.
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