squawk

[ skwawk ]
/ skwɔk /

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.

Origin of squawk

1815–25; blend of squall2 and hawk3

SYNONYMS FOR squawk

OTHER WORDS FROM squawk

squawk·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for squawker

  • Squawker seemed quite pleased, however, and turned himself round and round for their approval.

    The Wonderful Bed|Gertrude Knevels
  • "Squealer and Squawker both went into the heap that time, I guess," said Rudolf.

    The Wonderful Bed|Gertrude Knevels

British Dictionary definitions for squawker

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

Derived forms of squawk

squawker, noun

Word Origin for squawk

C19: of imitative origin
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