Meaning of SQUALL in English


I. verb

also squawl ˈskwȯl

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skval useless chatter, skvala to talk noisily, cry out and perhaps to Old Norse skjalla to clash, clatter — more at shill

intransitive verb

: to cry or cry out raucously : scream

a baby by the fire woke up and began to squall — Victoria Sackville-West

squalled in terror

transitive verb

: to utter in a strident voice

one of the commonplace psalm tunes, squalled by charity children — Court Magazine

II. noun

also squawl “

( -s )

: a raucous cry : squawk

some clubs, while on the field, keep up a constant squall of encouragement to their pitchers — R.O.Boyer

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish & Norwegian skval splash, ripple, rushing water and probably to Old Norse skval useless chatter

1. : a sudden violent wind often accompanied by rain or snow

2. : a short-lived commotion resembling a squall

his film career … has been … punctuated with the squalls of scandal — Arthur Knight

: squabble

she could hear another domestic squall starting next door

Synonyms: see wind

IV. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to blow a squall

the raw wind sagged with snow and the storms spat and squalled — Helen Rich

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