I. verb Etymology: Middle English squelen, of imitative origin Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to make a shrill cry or noise 2. a. to turn informer <
squeal to the police
b. complain, protest transitive verb 1. to express with or as if with a squeal 2. to cause to make a loud shrill noise <
squealing the tires
squealer noun II. noun Date: 1747 a shrill sharp cry or noise

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(as a pig),

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  • Squeal — Squeal, n. A shrill, sharp, somewhat prolonged cry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • squeal — squeal·er; squeal; …   English syllables

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  • squeal — c.1300, probably of imitative origin, similar to O.N. skvala to cry out (see SQUALL (Cf. squall) (v.)). The sense of inform on another is first recorded 1865. The noun is attested from 1747 …   Etymology dictionary

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