A squall is a powerful, usually brief, burst of wind that usually brings rain or snow with it. When a snow squall blows across the mountain, skiers take a break in the ski lodge.

A squall is a violent, windy storm, often involving driving rain or snow. You can also describe a storm-like commotion as a squall, or the sound a wailing child or baby makes. In this case, you're using onomatopoeia, or a word that sounds like what it describes. Squall was originally a nautical word, used primarily by sailors to talk about weather at sea.

Primary Meanings of squall

utter a sudden loud cry
sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
blow in a squall
Full Definitions of squall

v utter a sudden loud cry

call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, yell
utter in a loud voice or announce
call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
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cry hollo
shout `hurrah!'
shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
utter a shrill cry
howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
emit long loud cries
screak, screech, skreak, skreigh, squawk
utter a harsh abrupt scream
caterwaul, yowl
utter shrieks, as of cats
waul, wawl
make high-pitched, whiney noises
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v make high-pitched, whiney noises

waul, wawl
Type of:
howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
emit long loud cries

n sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation

line squall
a squall advancing along a front that forms a definite line
Type of:
air current, current, current of air, wind
air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure

v blow in a squall

“When it squalls, a prudent sailor reefs his sails”
Type of:
be blowing or storming

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