Squealing
Squeal Squeal (skw[=e]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Squealed} (skw[=e]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squealing}.] [Of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. sqv["a]la, Norw. skvella. Cf. {Squeak}, {Squall}.] 1. To cry with a sharp, shrill, prolonged sound, as certain animals do, indicating want, displeasure, or pain. [1913 Webster]

2. To turn informer; to betray a secret. [Slang] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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