- 1[intransitive] to make a long, high sound The pigs were squealing. The car squealed to a halt. Children were running around squealing with excitement. More Like This Onomatopoeic words beep, bleep, boohoo, brrr, buzz, click, clip-clop, ding-dong, hiss, mwah, peep, ping, plop, pop, rat-tat, splat, splosh, squeak, squeal, squelch, swish, tee-hee, thud, thwack, tick-tock, toot, vroom, wham, whoosh, zoomSee worksheet.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] (+ speech) to speak in a very high voice, especially when you are excited or nervous ‘Don't!’ she squealed.
- 3[intransitive] squeal (on somebody) (informal, disapproving) to give information, especially to the police, about something illegal that somebody has done Someone must have squealed on him. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): imitative. The noun dates from the mid 18th cent.
BrE BrE//skwiːl//; NAmE NAmE//skwiːl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squeal
BrE BrE//skwiːl//; NAmE NAmE//skwiːl//he / she / it squeals
BrE BrE//skwiːlz//; NAmE NAmE//skwiːlz//past simple squealed
BrE BrE//skwiːld//; NAmE NAmE//skwiːld//past participle squealed
BrE BrE//skwiːld//; NAmE NAmE//skwiːld//-ing form squealing
BrE BrE//ˈskwiːlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwiːlɪŋ//