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squall

noun

verb

  1. (howl)  to make high-pitched, whiney noises
    Synonyms: waul, wawl. Type of: howl
  2. (utter)  to utter a sudden loud cry
    Synonyms: call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, yell. Type of: utter. Similar to:...
  3. (blow)  to blow in a squall
    Type of: blow

Etymology summary

[noun] "sudden, violent gust of wind", originally nautical, probably from a...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Squall

a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed which is usually associated with active weather, such as rain showers, thunderstorms, or heavy snow. Squalls refer to an increase in the sustained winds over a short time interval, as there may be higher gusts... (42 of 1705 words, 3 images)

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Squall (disambiguation)

a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed. Squall may also refer to: Piano Squall (born 1983), American pianist | "Squall" (song), a single released by D'espairsRay | Squall Leonhart, the main protagonist of the role-playing game Final Fantasy VIII | USS ... (38 of 127 words, 6 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

squall | yell [synonym, sense-specific] | squallish [adjective, derived] | squaller [noun, derived]

a sudden strong wind or brief turbulent storm | any sudden commotion or show of temper | [intransitive] to blow in a squall | [intransitive] to cry ... (24 of 439 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/squall

Oxford Dictionary:

squall

a sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet | a loud cry | (of a baby or small child) cry noisily ... (27 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/squall

New World Dictionary:

squall | squally [related] | squaller [noun, related]

a brief, violent windstorm, usually with rain or snow | [informal] trouble or disturbance | to storm briefly; blow a squall | to cry or scream loudly ... (24 of 72 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/squall

squall | squally [related]

a brief, violent windstorm, usually with rain or snow | [informal] trouble or disturbance | to storm briefly; blow a squall (19 of 41 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/squaller

Britannica Encyclopedia:

squall [meteorology]

as used by weather forecasters, a sudden wind-speed increase of 8 metres per second or more, for one minute or longer. It includes several briefer ... (25 of 71 words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

squall | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle] | squalls [3rd-person singular present] | squaller [noun, related]

A loud, harsh cry. | To scream or cry loudly and harshly. | A brief sudden violent windstorm, often accompanied by rain or snow. | [informal] A brief ... (25 of 69 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/squall

Random House Dictionary:

squall

a sudden, violent gust of wind, often accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet. | a sudden disturbance or commotion. | to blow as a squall. | "squall" : to ... (26 of 69 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/squall

Wiktionary:

squall | squalls [plural] | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle]

A squall line, multicell line, or part of a squall line. | A sudden storm, as found in a squall line. Often a nautical usage. | To cry or wail loudly. (29 of 52 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples)

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Merriam-Webster:

squall [entry 1, verb] | scream [synonym, sense-specific] | squaller [noun, related]

to cry out raucously; "scream" | to utter in a strident voice (11 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squall

squall [entry 2, noun]

a raucous cry (3 of 14 words)

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squall [entry 3, noun]

a sudden violent wind often with rain or snow | a short-lived commotion (12 of 35 words, 2 definitions)

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squall [entry 4, verb]

to blow a squall (4 of 17 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

squall [countable] | squalls [plural]

a storm that happens suddenly, especially at sea (8 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squall

squall [intransitive, verb] | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle] | squalls [3rd-person singular present]

to cry loudly (3 of 32 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squall 5

Cambridge Dictionary:

squall [entry 1] | squally [adjective, derived]

a sudden strong wind or short storm (7 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squall 1

squall [entry 2] | squally [adjective, derived]

a loud sharp noise (4 of 15 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squall 2

squall [entry 3]

(especially of a baby) to make a loud sharp noise (10 of 15 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squall 3

Encarta Dictionary:

squall [entry 1] | squalls [plural] | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle]

a sudden strong wind, often with heavy rain or snow | a short but noisy disturbance | to blow strongly and suddenly (refers to winds) (23 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713081​/definition​.html  [offline]

squall [entry 2] | squalls [plural] | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle]

to cry or yell hoarsely | a noisy cry or yell (10 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713084​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

squall

First use: 1719

Origin: [noun] "sudden, violent gust of wind", originally nautical, probably from a ... | [verb] "cry out loudly", 1630s, probably from Old Norse skvala ... (23 of 52 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=squall

New World Dictionary:

squall

Origin: Scandinavian, as in Swedish sqval, a sudden shower, downpour: for probably base see "squall" | Old Norse skvala, to cry out, yell: see "squeal"

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squall

Origin: Scandinavian, as in Swedish sqval, a sudden shower, downpour: for probably base see "squall"

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Collins Dictionary:

squall

First use: 18th century | 17th century

Origin: perhaps a special use of squall2 | probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic skvala to shout; see squeal

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/squall

Wiktionary:

squall | squalls [plural] | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle]

Origin: The verb is from Old Norse skvala ("to cry out"). The noun is probably from the verb.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/squall

American Heritage Dictionary:

squall | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle] | squalls [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skvala, to squeal. | Probably of Scandinavian origin.

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Oxford Dictionary:

squall

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: probably an alteration of "squeal", influenced by "bawl"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/squall

Merriam-Webster:

squall [entry 1, verb]

First use: about 1631

Origin: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skval useless chatter

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squall

squall [entry 3, noun]

First use: 1699

Origin: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skval rushing water

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

squall

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "squall"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

squall [countable] | squalls [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "squall"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squall

squall [intransitive, verb] | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle] | squalls [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "squall"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

squall [countable] | squalls [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squall"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/squall

squall [intransitive, verb] | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle] | squalls [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squall"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/squall 5

Cambridge Dictionary:

squall [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "squall"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "squall"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squall 1

the Free Dictionary:

squall

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "squall"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "squall"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "squall" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

squall | squalls [plural] | squalled [past tense] | squalling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "squall"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

squall

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squall"

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YourDictionary Audio:

squall

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "squall" by speech synthesizer

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