squeal


squeal
squeal1 [skwi:l] v
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: From the sound]
1.) [I and T]
to make a long loud high sound or cry
→↑scream squeal with/in
The children squealed with delight.
They drove off, tyres squealing.
'Let me go!' she squealed.
2.) [I + on] informal
to tell the police or someone in authority about someone you know who has done something wrong
squeal 2
squeal2 n
a long loud high sound or cry
→↑scream squeal of
She gave a squeal of laughter.
There was a squeal of brakes.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:
(as a pig),


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  • squeal — ► NOUN ▪ a long, high pitched cry or noise. ► VERB 1) make a squeal. 2) say something in a high pitched, excited tone. 3) complain. 4) (often squeal on) informal inform on someone. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • Squeal — (skw[=e]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Squealed} (skw[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squealing}.] [Of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. sqv[ a]la, Norw. skvella. Cf. {Squeak}, {Squall}.] 1. To cry with a sharp, shrill, prolonged sound, as certain animals do, indicating …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Squeal — Squeal, n. A shrill, sharp, somewhat prolonged cry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squeal — vb *shout, yell, shriek, scream, screech, holler, whoop Analogous words: *cry, wail squeal n shout, yell, shriek, scream, screech, holler, whoop (see under SHOUT vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • squeal — squeal·er; squeal; …   English syllables

  • squeal — [n/v1] yell in a loud and high pitched manner bleat, cheep, creak, grate, howl, peep, rasp, scream, scream bloody murder*, screech, shout, shriek, shrill, squawk, wail, yelp, yip, yowl; concepts 64,77 squeal [v2] inform on betray, blab*, complain …   New thesaurus

  • squeal — [skwēl] vi. [ME squelen, prob. akin to ON skvala, to cry out, yell < IE * (s)kwel , var. of base * kel > L calare, to cry out, clamor, a cry] 1. to utter or make a long, shrill cry or sound 2. Slang to act as an informer; betray a secret:… …   English World dictionary

  • squeal — index divulge Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • squeal — c.1300, probably of imitative origin, similar to O.N. skvala to cry out (see SQUALL (Cf. squall) (v.)). The sense of inform on another is first recorded 1865. The noun is attested from 1747 …   Etymology dictionary

  • squeal|er — «SKWEE luhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that squeals. 2. the young of the grouse, partridge, quail, or pigeon. 3. a young pig. 4. Slang. an informer …   Useful english dictionary

  • squeal — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ little ▪ high pitched VERB + SQUEAL ▪ give, let out ▪ She gave a little squeal of delight …   Collocations dictionary


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