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 Origin Middle English (as a verb): imitative. The noun dates from the mid 18th cent.
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