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squawk

[ skwawk ]
/ skwɔk /
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verb (used without object)

to utter a loud, harsh cry, as a duck or other fowl when frightened.
Informal. to complain loudly and vehemently.

verb (used with object)

to utter or give forth with a squawk.

noun

a loud, harsh cry or sound.
Informal. a loud, vehement complaint.
the black-crowned night heron.See under night heron.

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Origin of squawk

1815–25; blend of squall2 and hawk3
squawker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for squawk

squawk
/ (skwɔːk) /

noun

a loud raucous cry; screech
informal a loud complaint or protest

verb

to utter a squawk or with a squawk
(intr) informal to complain loudly
squawker, noun
C19: of imitative origin
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