squealing


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squeal

 (skwēl)
v. squealed, squeal·ing, squeals
v.intr.
1. To give forth a loud shrill cry or sound.
2. Slang To turn informer; betray an accomplice or secret.
v.tr.
To utter or produce with a squeal.
n.
A loud, shrill cry or sound: a squeal of surprise; the squeal of tires.

[Middle English squelen, probably of imitative origin.]

squeal′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.squealing - having or making a high-pitched sound such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge
high-pitched, high - used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
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And meantime another was swung up, and then another, and another, until there was a double line of them, each dangling by a foot and kicking in frenzy--and squealing.
But the porcupine, squealing and grunting, with disrupted anatomy trying feebly to roll up into its ball-protection, flicked out its tail again, and again the big cat squalled with hurt and astonishment.
The enormous broad tires of the chariots and the padded feet of the animals brought forth no sound from the moss- covered sea bottom; and so we moved in utter silence, like some huge phantasmagoria, except when the stillness was broken by the guttural growling of a goaded zitidar, or the squealing of fighting thoats.
As they charged about us we succeeded in mastering them sufficiently to prevent any concerted attack upon us, but the din of their squealing was certain to bring investigating warriors into the courtyard were it to continue much longer.
But scarcely had I taken a hundred steps in the direction of the farther gate when the sound of marching troops, the clank of metal, and the squealing of thoats just within the city apprised me of the fact that the Kaolians were already moving toward the other gate.
The Wizard continued this surprising performance until nine tiny piglets were running about at his feet, all squealing and grunting in a very comical way.
The males fight together; two one day passed quite close to me, squealing and trying to bite each other; and several were shot with their hides deeply scored.
You are all playing the losing game, and you are all squealing about it.
A MOMENT afterwards there were most awful noises--barking, baying, growls and howls, squealing and groans.
But by and by he heard a tremendous grunting and squealing, and then a sudden scampering, like that of small, hard hoofs over a marble floor, while the voices of the mistress and her four handmaidens were screaming all together, in tones of anger and derision.
For half the night he continued his search, until presently he was brought to a sudden halt by the distant sound of squealing thoats.
In an arch under the dresser reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses.