[ 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.


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

Nearby words

  1. squadsman,
  2. squalene,
  3. squalid,
  4. squalidity,
  5. squalidly,
  6. squall line,
  7. squally,
  8. squalor,
  9. squam-,
  10. squama

Origin of squall

1625–35; perhaps < Old Norse skvala shriek, cry; compare Swedish, Norwegian skvala splash, stream

Related formssquall·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for squaller

  • A squall on the sea is a stress of weather, and a squaller on land is a songstress.

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British Dictionary definitions for squaller


/ (skwɔːl) /


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


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

Word Origin for squall

C18: perhaps a special use of squall ²


/ (skwɔːl) /


(intr) to cry noisily; yell


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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Word Origin and History for squaller
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Science definitions for squaller


[ 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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