squeal

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Etymology[edit]

18th c. (noun), Middle English (verb); of imitative origin.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /skwiːl/ 
  • (US) IPA(key): /skwil/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːl

Noun[edit]

squeal (plural squeals)

  1. A high-pitched sound, such as the scream of a child, or noisy worn-down brake pads.
  2. The cry of a pig.

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squeal (third-person singular simple present squeals, present participle squealing, simple past and past participle squealed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To scream with a shrill, prolonged sound.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To give sensitive information about someone to a third party; to rat on someone.

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