AskDefine | Define squeal

Dictionary Definition

squeal n : a high-pitched howl


1 utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs [syn: oink]
2 confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure [syn: confess, shrive]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A high-pitched sound, as a scream of a child, or noisy worn-down brake pads.



  1. To scream by making a shrill, prolonged sound.
  2. To give sensitive information about someone to a third party; to rat on someone.


to scream a high-pitched squeal
to rat on someone

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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