from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A loud, harsh cry.
- intransitive v. To scream or cry loudly and harshly.
- n. A brief sudden violent windstorm, often accompanied by rain or snow.
- n. Informal A brief commotion.
- intransitive v. To blow strongly for a brief period.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A squall line, multicell line, or part of a squall line.
- n. A sudden storm, as found in a squall line. Often a nautical usage.
- v. To cry or wail loudly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sudden and violent gust of wind often attended with rain or snow.
- intransitive v. To cry out; to scream or cry violently, as a woman frightened, or a child in anger or distress.
- n. A loud scream; a harsh cry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden and violent gust of wind, or a succession of such gusts, usually accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet. In a ship's log-book abbreviated q.
- n. Synonyms Gale, etc. See wind.
- To blow a squall: used chieflyimpersonally: as, itsqualled terribly.
- To cry out; scream or cry violently, as a frightened woman or a child in anger or distress: used in contempt or dislike.
- To utter in a discordant, screaming tone.
- n. A harsh cry; a loud and discordant scream; a sound intermediate in character between a squawk and a squeal.
- n. A baby; pet; minx; girl: used vaguely, in endearment or reproach.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
- v. make high-pitched, whiney noises
- v. blow in a squall
- v. utter a sudden loud cry
Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skvala, to squeal.
Probably of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The verb is from Old Norse skvala ("to cry out"). The noun is probably from the verb. (Wiktionary)