[ skweel ]
/ skwil /


a somewhat prolonged, sharp, shrill cry, as of pain, fear, or surprise.
  1. an instance of informing against someone.
  2. a protest or complaint; beef.

verb (used without object)

to utter or emit a squeal or squealing sound.
  1. to turn informer; inform.
  2. to protest or complain; beef.

verb (used with object)

to utter or produce with a squeal.

Origin of squeal

1250–1300; Middle English squelen; imitative

Related forms

squeal·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for squeal


/ (skwiːl) /


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

Derived Forms

squealer, noun

Word Origin for squeal

C13 squelen, of imitative origin
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