adjective, squal·li·er, squal·li·est.

characterized by squalls.
stormy; threatening.

Origin of squally

First recorded in 1710–20; squall1 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for squally

Contemporary Examples of squally

Historical Examples of squally

  • 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.


    William Cosmo Monkhouse

Word Origin and History for squally

1719, from squall + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper