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Definition of squeal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    squeal

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[transitive, intransitive] (+ speech) to speak in a very high voice, especially when you are excited or nervous ‘Don't!’ she squealed.
  3. 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.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): imitative. The noun dates from the mid 18th cent.
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