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18th c. (noun), Middle English (verb); of imitative origin.
squeal (plural squeals)
- A high-pitched sound, such as the scream of a child, or noisy worn-down brake pads.
- The cry of a pig.
a high-pitched sound
- (transitive, intransitive) To scream with a shrill, prolonged sound.
- (intransitive, slang) To give sensitive information about someone to a third party; to rat on someone.
to scream a high-pitched squeal
to rat on someone