- to utter a loud, harsh cry, as a duck or other fowl when frightened.
- Informal. to complain loudly and vehemently.
- to utter or give forth with a squawk.
- a loud, harsh cry or sound.
- Informal. a loud, vehement complaint.
- the black-crowned night heron.See under night heron.
Origin of squawk
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2. grumble, gripe, complain, yelp.
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Examples from the Web for squawking
Squawking and yelling children swarmed over the flags and rude cobblestones that paved the ways.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Squawking birds rose in every direction as they approached, and clouds of gulls circled around crying the alarm.Bobby of the Labrador
Squawking chickens darted to safety and a flock of geese waddled off hissing their protest.The Secret of the Sundial
Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
- a loud raucous cry; screech
- informal a loud complaint or protest
- to utter a squawk or with a squawk
- (intr) informal to complain loudly
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squawking
1821, probably of imitative origin (cf. dialectal Italian squacco "small crested heron"). The noun is attested from 1850. Squawk-box "loud-speaker" is from 1945.
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