- The definition of a squeal is a loud and high-pitched sound.
The sound of a very young girl who is excited is an example of a squeal.
- Squeal is to make a high-pitched scream.
An example of squeal is to let out a shrill sound when you get excited about a brand new car that was given to you as a gift.
- to utter or make a long, shrill cry or sound
- Slang to act as an informer; betray a secret: often with on
Origin: Middle English squelen, probably akin to Old Norse skvala, to cry out, yell from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kwel-, variant, variety of base an unverified form kel- from source Classical Latin calare, to cry out, clamor, a cry
- squealer noun
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verb squealed, squeal·ing, squeals verb, intransitive
- To give forth a loud shrill cry or sound.
- Slang To turn informer; betray an accomplice or secret.
Origin: Middle English squelen, probably of imitative origin.
- squealˈer noun