Definition of squeal in English:

squeal

noun

  • A long, high-pitched cry or noise.

    ‘they drew up with a squeal of brakes’
    • ‘All the while giving high pitched whistles, squeals, squeaks, chirps, clicks and slaps that are fascinating to hear.’
    • ‘Only this night, in a squeal of brakes, a blare of horn and a terrible flash of light, young Fraggle, attempting to surf between one station and the next, slips between the train's wheels.’
    • ‘There's a lot of noise and silence, a lot of squeaks and squeals, and a lot of rumbles and warbles.’
    • ‘Funniest of all, though, is the opening squeal of computer noise nonsense that momentarily almost passes for a new Radiohead composition in itself.’
    • ‘The headlights of a bus flash across the front of the shelter, and, with a squeal of brakes, it pulls in.’
    • ‘The Poems and Pints event was a sell out on Saturday and the Town Hall reverberated with squeals of laughter.’
    • ‘The music dissolved into broken noises and electric squeals.’
    • ‘Neighbor girl has a swing that squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals.’
    • ‘The cave echoed and re-echoed with the sounds of shrill squeals and flapping wings.’
    • ‘Lauren prepares a smart reply but she is stopped when the brakes of the elevator squeal and it grinds to a halt sending the pair flying backwards into the wall.’
    • ‘Jeremy took off with a squeal and a great roar of exhaust.’
    • ‘Guided by an inner-something that could only have been instinct, she was soon making silly noises and coaxing delighted squeals from the little tyrant.’
    • ‘Her voice was no more than a high-pitched squeal.’
    • ‘I looked to Kyle, seeing his eyes widen with mischief as he began to chase her, their squeals of laughter mingling in with the rumbling thunder.’
    • ‘We used the double-pulsed ESPI technique to investigate a brake that had a noise squeal at 5.92 kHz.’
    • ‘I hit the brake, and it only resulted in a shrieking squeal of rubber on the gravel of the road.’
    • ‘All Krystal could do was laugh, bellyaching squeals of laughter, as she watched Sid performing a little jig trying to get the ants off.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a high-pitched squeal echoed through the valley.’
    • ‘The giggles soon turned into high-pitched squeals as he continued to tickle her.’
    • ‘The children shot in like missiles, the cliffs around echoing with squeals and splashes and Crocodile Dundee-style ‘coo-eees’.’
    screech, scream, shriek, squawk, howl, cry, wail, squall, yawp, yelp, shrill
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Make a squeal.

    ‘the girls squealed with delight’
    • ‘Of course we'd have to hold the tiny frogs in our hands; you'd always hear the girls squealing and the boys laughing at them.’
    • ‘The little girl could be heard squealing as Sharon walked towards them and relieved the taller woman of her bundle.’
    • ‘You put me in a room with a wax effigy of George Clooney, of course I'm going to squeal like a girl!’
    • ‘I was dozing off, when suddenly, the girls began squealing uncontrollably.’
    • ‘Everywhere around us girls were squealing and hugging and kissing each other on both cheeks.’
    • ‘Having an auto obviously means you can't rev the engine, drop the clutch and set off with tyres squealing as you try for maximum acceleration off the line.’
    • ‘Each person squealed with delight as each dish was paraded around the room.’
    • ‘Beneath her, she can hear the sound of tyres squealing and knits her brow.’
    • ‘Tyres squealing, Brett pulled out, slammed the Cavalier into second and roared off.’
    • ‘But we had to take a trip to California when a friend called up and positively squealed in delight about the food.’
    • ‘Most of the girls around us squealed with delight, but I shivered and chills sprang up on my body - I had been the intended recipient of that wave.’
    • ‘The three girls squealed in delight and began talking excitedly.’
    • ‘All the girls were squealing while the guys were laughing so hard they had to hold onto the furniture in order to stay standing.’
    • ‘The ambulance leaves, tyres and siren squealing.’
    • ‘Damian stood in the hallway, in the middle of the growing crowd of high school girls squealing in awe.’
    • ‘Two contestants in electric chairs took off from the starting line with tyres squealing for the first 10 yards.’
    • ‘A slow smile played across Kira's face as she watched Michael flee, the tyres squealed and spun, sending dirt and dust flying into the air.’
    • ‘The girl squealed and ran past the householder, who was standing in the door.’
    • ‘The boy and girl are already running to meet the sled driver, squealing and screaming with delight.’
    • ‘The girls squealed with delight as they each grabbed a slice greedily.’
    screech, scream, shriek, squawk, howl, cry, wail, squall, yawp, yelp, shrill
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    1. 1.1with direct speech Say something in a high-pitched, excited tone.
      ‘‘Don't you dare!’ she squealed’
      • ‘‘Ah, Zach,’ he squealed in the same tone that he had used when the gang had been in fourth grade.’
      • ‘What did the star-dazzled delegates from the Party think they were applauding when they squealed their thanks to Bill Clinton?’
      • ‘‘Oooooh,’ commented Alex, in an extremely high pitched squeal, his shifty green eyes darting at Arlyn and Casey in turn.’
      • ‘They are rude and they squeal things, especially when Hay is speaking.’
      • ‘And God only knows what that is out there squeaking and squealing the soprano parts.’
      • ‘‘We're really sorry,’ they squeal in unison from their police interrogation rooms.’
      • ‘A high-pitched voice squealed his name and made him look up.’
      • ‘We want roads, screamed one; No more potholes, squealed another.’
      • ‘When the police don't come, he squeals, ‘I knew we would become victims of the tolerant!’’
      • ‘From his little seat over there on the Opposition benches Dail Jones squealed that we should have double the number of police.’
      • ‘Sandara squealed excitedly, ‘how come you never told me your cousin was very much like me?’’
      • ‘Oh, squealed mining executives, this is unduly burdensome, this is excessive, this is not what we want!’
      • ‘Hayley squealed excitedly as they opened the door, ‘talk about good luck’.’
      • ‘She had him curled up on the ground, howling and whimpering and squealing obscenities.’
      • ‘Ahead, Lys was squealing excitedly to another friend.’
      squawk, screech, shriek, scream, howl, yowl, wail, yell, cry out, call out, shout, bawl, yawp
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    2. 1.2informal Complain or protest about something.
      ‘the bookies only squealed because we beat them’
      • ‘The poor bitch squealed in pain and retreated, her tail between her legs, and a regretful look of apology to Miri in her eyes.’
      • ‘She squealed and kicked with all her might, but Midori was much stronger than she.’
      • ‘Rynn lowered her head and nudged the small creature gently, but she caught him off guard and he fell over, squealing in protest.’
      • ‘Having found them, they would be kicked, squealing, aside.’
      • ‘He ungracefully plonked himself into the nearest chair which squealed loudly in protest.’
      • ‘The hinges squealed in protest as he opened the door.’
      • ‘I kicked and squealed, desperate to get out of his grasp.’
      • ‘Ms. Crew threw the deadbolt on the nearest door and dragged it open, its hinges squealing in protest.’
      • ‘I squealed, kicking my feet as he opened the door and slid out.’
      • ‘Fine Gael too look as if they may be about to modernise themselves thought there are some music ignoramuses who will have to be dragged kicking and squealing into the new era.’
      • ‘She squeals in protest, and tries to push him off.’
      • ‘And I see again the old bitch squealing under the mass of snarling teeth, the stick catching her back knocking her to the ground.’
      • ‘His footsteps served as an eerie beat to the rhythmic squealing of the enraged sirens.’
      • ‘It squealed in protest and pulled all its vines in towards it, releasing Harry.’
      • ‘They squeal, shiver and cling on to one another, complaining about the temperature.’
      • ‘He jumped, spun clear around in mid-air and took off running in the other direction, squealing in protest and fright.’
      • ‘His tires squealed in protest as he pushed his car around the corner.’
      • ‘I squeal a mousy protest as you sit between two strands of chain-links.’
      • ‘She put up a good fight, biting, kicking, squealing, and spitting at her two attackers.’
      • ‘I squealed out loud, kicked about a bit, but to no avail.’
      complain, protest, object, express disapproval, raise objections, make a stand, take a stand, put up a fight, kick, take exception, grouse, grouch, grumble, whine, wail, moan, carp, squawk
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  • 2informal Inform on someone to the police or a person in authority.

    ‘she feared they would victimize her for squealing on their pals’
    • ‘It took two screenings of Secretary before Jake could applaud his sister's work - and he had reportedly squealed to their parents about the erotic content of the script.’
    • ‘He begins, squealing on the bigger boys anyway.’
    • ‘‘And lookee, it says in the instructions that you should get to know your tarot cards before attempting to use them,’ she squeals, as if this is great cause for celebration.’
    • ‘‘The reporter never squealed, but he never went to jail, either,’ Janensch writes.’
    • ‘His editor would not challenge and tolerate him, the various and sundry contacts and stoolies would not squeal to him.’
    inform, inform against, inform on, act as an informer, tell tales, tell tales on, sneak, sneak on, report, give away, be disloyal, be disloyal to, sell out, stab in the back
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Origin

Middle English (as a verb): imitative. The noun dates from the mid 18th century.

Pronunciation

squeal

/skwiːl/