- an instance of informing against someone.
- a protest or complaint; beef.
verb (used without object)
- to turn informer; inform.
- to protest or complain; beef.
verb (used with object)
- squeaky clean,
- squeaky wheel gets the grease,
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|Tricia Romano|June 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Some sound concrete clarion calls, some are like string quartets, some trumpet brazen marches, and some squeal in sheer discord.
And suddenly the monster rushed at him with a squeal, and the yearling shrieked and fled, chased clear up the slope.The Danger Mark|Robert W. Chambers
The pony, under the sting of the unexpected blow, leaped into the air with arching back and a squeal of rage.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
How they squeal and squeak and sob when they are in trouble!Danger! and Other Stories|Arthur Conan Doyle
I could hear her give a squeal of surprise at something, and then she seems to be askin' a lot of fool questions.Shorty McCabe on the Job|Sewell Ford
“I am not to be blamed if I squeal at crawly things,” sniffed the plump girl, hearing this.Ruth Fielding Down East|Alice B. Emerson
Word Origin 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.