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What does "squeal" mean? Is it similar to "shout" or "scream"?


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A "squeal" is a very high-pitched noise. It is similar to a scream, but it's typically paired with excitement about something. It is also used to describe the sound pigs make when they are scared. It also can be used to describe the sounds of equipment. Ex: The pigs squealed as they were loaded onto the trailer. Ex: She squealed with excitement at her birthday present. Ex: My breaks squealed loudly when I stopped at the stop sign. Ex: I squealed when I found out my sister was pregnant.

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