To squeal is to make a high-pitched sound that is usually unpleasant. When a pig squeals, it is usually because it is in pain.

  • The pig squealed when it got hurt.

  • She squealed when she was caught stealing.

Definition of squeal


confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure


confess, fink


utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs




a high-pitched howl

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Example Sentences for squeal

  • 1

    The car squealed on the road.

  • 2

    The instruments are prone to squeal.

  • 3

    I heard the squeal of the tires.

  • 4

    I gave the lady no time to squeal.

  • 5

    The Harmonic Squeal, a derivative of the dive bomb.

  • 6

    The squeal of tires alerted a friend and employees.

  • 7

    Pig farmers squeal over low returns.

  • 8

    I'll lay under the weight, laughing and squealing with delight.

  • 9

    The elephants bolted in terror from the flaming squealing pigs.

  • 10

    The more the critics of the critics squeal, the more they make that case.