- a somewhat prolonged, sharp, shrill cry, as of pain, fear, or surprise.
- an instance of informing against someone.
- a protest or complaint; beef.
- to utter or emit a squeal or squealing sound.
- to turn informer; inform.
- to protest or complain; beef.
- to utter or produce with a squeal.
Origin of squeal
Examples from the Web for squeal
Even with all the money in the bank, most Hollywood stars and executives are loathe to squeal to protect their own hide.Dominic Monaghan, Matthew Fox, and a Scandalous Twitter Accusation
June 1, 2012
Some sound concrete clarion calls, some are like string quartets, some trumpet brazen marches, and some squeal in sheer discord.'Heroic Old Warhorse'
February 18, 2011
There came a squeal of amazement from Aggie, a start of incredulity from Garson.Within the Law
When I squeal, Andy, it'll be when there's nothing but the voice left.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I'll not be trapped this way by her and let her off without a squeal.
My friend, you get your hands on him, and I'll squeal on him till I'm blue in the face.
She did not squeal nor shudder, but sat regarding it with gentle pride.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
- a high shrill yelp, as of pain
- a screaming sound, as of tyres when a car brakes suddenly
- to utter a squeal or with a squeal
- (intr) slang to confess information about another
- (intr) informal, mainly British to complain or protest loudly
Word Origin and History for squeal
c.1300, probably of imitative origin, similar to Old Norse skvala "to cry out" (see squall (v.)). The sense of "inform on another" is first recorded 1865. The noun is attested from 1747.