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



squall (plural squalls)

  1. (meteorology) A squall line, multicell line, or part of a squall line.
  2. (often nautical) A sudden storm, as found in a squall line.



squall (third-person singular simple present squalls, present participle squalling, simple past and past participle squalled)

  1. To cry or wail loudly.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island:
      Squalling was the word for it, Pew's anger rose so high at these objections; till at last, his passion completely taking the upper hand, he struck at them right and left in his blindness, and his stick sounded heavily on more than one.
    • 1916, Jack London, The Red One:
      Squalling like an infuriated cat, the shadow crashed down
    • 1934 George Orwell, Burmese Days:
      The orchestra burst into a sudden loud squalling."
    • 1998, Anne McCafferey, Masterharper of Pern:
      she wrapped the squalling, wriggling baby tightly into the fine cotton sheet

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