squeak - squeal

  • txpaddler

    Senior Member
    United States - English
    Not much difference, but if you are talking about the sound a person makes, squeal would be more common than squeak, and if you were talking about the sound a thing makes, squeak might be more common than squeal.

    She squeals with delight.
    The wheel squeaks.
     

    Miguel Antonio

    Senior Member
    Galego (Rías Baixas)
    Not much difference, but if you are talking about the sound a person makes, squeal would be more common that squeak, and if you were talking about the sound a thing makes, squeak might be more common that squeal.

    She squeals with delight.
    The wheel squeaks.

    I'd say a squeak lasts a little, and yes, issued by something inanimate, and a squeal is longer, and emitted by a sentient creature (in distress) :)

    MA
     
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