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squall1

[skwawl]
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noun
  1. a sudden, violent gust of wind, often accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet.
  2. a sudden disturbance or commotion.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to blow as a squall.
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Origin of squall1

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

squall2

[skwawl]
verb (used without object)
  1. to cry or scream loudly and violently: The hungry baby began to squall.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter in a screaming tone.
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noun
  1. the act or sound of squalling: The baby's squall was heard next door.
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Origin of squall2

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 squalling

Historical Examples

  • Then she sprang away, up the trail, squalling with every leap she made.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • 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

    Milton Goldsmith

  • The squalling of an infant ushered in the rosy-fingered dawn.

  • But the best specimens were the street singers, that ragged, squalling class.


British Dictionary definitions for squalling

squall1

noun
  1. a sudden strong wind or brief turbulent storm
  2. any sudden commotion or show of temper
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verb
  1. (intr) to blow in a squall
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Derived Formssquallish, adjectivesqually, adjective

Word Origin

C18: perhaps a special use of squall ²

squall2

verb
  1. (intr) to cry noisily; yell
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noun
  1. a shrill or noisy yell or howl
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Derived Formssqualler, noun

Word Origin

C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic skvala to shout; see squeal
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Word Origin and History for squalling

squall

n.

"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.).

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squall

v.

"cry out loudly," 1630s, probably from Old Norse skvala "to cry out," of imitative origin (cf. squeal). Related: Squalled; squalling.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

squalling in Science

squall

[skwôl]
  1. 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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