- 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 squealer
Contemporary Examples of squealer
Think of the dollar as Squealer the Pig collectible Beanie Babies circa Christmas 1996, and you begin to get the picture.Why the Dollar Surge Won't Last
October 29, 2008
Historical Examples of squealer
He was despised by the other convicts, for he was a "squealer."The Autobiography of a Thief
I know a boy's code of honor, and how he regards a 'squealer.'A Boy Knight
Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
It hurt him, to think that he should be taken for a "squealer."Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days
Howard R. Garis
So he framed it up so that I appeared to be a squealer, and started the gangmen after me.Children of the Whirlwind
He never had been a “squealer,” and he was not going to begin now.Baseball Joe on the School Nine
- 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 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.