From Middle English quelen, from Old English cwelan (“to die”), from Proto-Germanic *kwelaną (“to suffer”), from Proto-Indo-European *gwel- (“to sting, pierce”). More at quail.
queal (third-person singular simple present queals, present participle quealing, simple past and past participle quealed)
- Alternative form of quail
- (intransitive, UK dialectal) To faint away.