Definition of squeal in English:

squeal

noun

  • A long, high-pitched cry or noise:

    ‘they drew up with a squeal of brakes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neighbor girl has a swing that squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals and squeals.’
    • ‘All Krystal could do was laugh, bellyaching squeals of laughter, as she watched Sid performing a little jig trying to get the ants off.’
    • ‘Her voice was no more than a high-pitched squeal.’
    • ‘There's a lot of noise and silence, a lot of squeaks and squeals, and a lot of rumbles and warbles.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a high-pitched squeal echoed through the valley.’
    • ‘Jeremy took off with a squeal and a great roar of exhaust.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The giggles soon turned into high-pitched squeals as he continued to tickle her.’
    • ‘The headlights of a bus flash across the front of the shelter, and, with a squeal of brakes, it pulls in.’
    • ‘I hit the brake, and it only resulted in a shrieking squeal of rubber on the gravel of the road.’
    • ‘All the while giving high pitched whistles, squeals, squeaks, chirps, clicks and slaps that are fascinating to hear.’
    • ‘The children shot in like missiles, the cliffs around echoing with squeals and splashes and Crocodile Dundee-style ‘coo-eees’.’
    • ‘The Poems and Pints event was a sell out on Saturday and the Town Hall reverberated with squeals of laughter.’
    • ‘Funniest of all, though, is the opening squeal of computer noise nonsense that momentarily almost passes for a new Radiohead composition in itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We used the double-pulsed ESPI technique to investigate a brake that had a noise squeal at 5.92 kHz.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The music dissolved into broken noises and electric squeals.’
    • ‘The cave echoed and re-echoed with the sounds of shrill squeals and flapping wings.’
    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’
    • ‘The little girl could be heard squealing as Sharon walked towards them and relieved the taller woman of her bundle.’
    • ‘Each person squealed with delight as each dish was paraded around the room.’
    • ‘The three girls squealed in delight and began talking excitedly.’
    • ‘The boy and girl are already running to meet the sled driver, squealing and screaming with delight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two contestants in electric chairs took off from the starting line with tyres squealing for the first 10 yards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tyres squealing, Brett pulled out, slammed the Cavalier into second and roared off.’
    • ‘Damian stood in the hallway, in the middle of the growing crowd of high school girls squealing in awe.’
    • ‘Everywhere around us girls were squealing and hugging and kissing each other on both cheeks.’
    • ‘But we had to take a trip to California when a friend called up and positively squealed in delight about the food.’
    • ‘The girl squealed and ran past the householder, who was standing in the door.’
    • ‘The ambulance leaves, tyres and siren squealing.’
    • ‘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 girls squealed with delight as they each grabbed a slice greedily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beneath her, she can hear the sound of tyres squealing and knits her brow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All the girls were squealing while the guys were laughing so hard they had to hold onto the furniture in order to stay standing.’
    screech, scream, shriek, squawk, howl, cry, wail, squall, yawp, yelp, shrill
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    1. 1.1[with direct speech] Say something in a high-pitched, excited tone:
      ‘‘Don't you dare!’ she squealed’
      • ‘‘Oooooh,’ commented Alex, in an extremely high pitched squeal, his shifty green eyes darting at Arlyn and Casey in turn.’
      • ‘She had him curled up on the ground, howling and whimpering and squealing obscenities.’
      • ‘And God only knows what that is out there squeaking and squealing the soprano parts.’
      • ‘Hayley squealed excitedly as they opened the door, ‘talk about good luck’.’
      • ‘What did the star-dazzled delegates from the Party think they were applauding when they squealed their thanks to Bill Clinton?’
      • ‘Ahead, Lys was squealing excitedly to another friend.’
      • ‘Sandara squealed excitedly, ‘how come you never told me your cousin was very much like me?’’
      • ‘‘We're really sorry,’ they squeal in unison from their police interrogation rooms.’
      • ‘‘Ah, Zach,’ he squealed in the same tone that he had used when the gang had been in fourth grade.’
      • ‘A high-pitched voice squealed his name and made him look up.’
      • ‘Oh, squealed mining executives, this is unduly burdensome, this is excessive, this is not what we want!’
      • ‘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!’’
      • ‘They are rude and they squeal things, especially when Hay is speaking.’
      • ‘From his little seat over there on the Opposition benches Dail Jones squealed that we should have double the number of police.’
      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’
      • ‘His footsteps served as an eerie beat to the rhythmic squealing of the enraged sirens.’
      • ‘They squeal, shiver and cling on to one another, complaining about the temperature.’
      • ‘The hinges squealed in protest as he opened the door.’
      • ‘His tires squealed in protest as he pushed his car around the corner.’
      • ‘It squealed in protest and pulled all its vines in towards it, releasing Harry.’
      • ‘I kicked and squealed, desperate to get out of his grasp.’
      • ‘She put up a good fight, biting, kicking, squealing, and spitting at her two attackers.’
      • ‘The poor bitch squealed in pain and retreated, her tail between her legs, and a regretful look of apology to Miri in her eyes.’
      • ‘I squeal a mousy protest as you sit between two strands of chain-links.’
      • ‘He ungracefully plonked himself into the nearest chair which squealed loudly in protest.’
      • ‘I squealed out loud, kicked about a bit, but to no avail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rynn lowered her head and nudged the small creature gently, but she caught him off guard and he fell over, squealing in protest.’
      • ‘He jumped, spun clear around in mid-air and took off running in the other direction, squealing in protest and fright.’
      • ‘I squealed, kicking my feet as he opened the door and slid out.’
      • ‘She squealed and kicked with all her might, but Midori was much stronger than she.’
      • ‘Having found them, they would be kicked, squealing, aside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ms. Crew threw the deadbolt on the nearest door and dragged it open, its hinges squealing in protest.’
      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’
    • ‘He begins, squealing on the bigger boys anyway.’
    • ‘His editor would not challenge and tolerate him, the various and sundry contacts and stoolies would not squeal to him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    inform, inform against, inform on, act as an informer, report, give away, 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/