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.
a loud, harsh cry or sound.
Informal. a loud, vehement complaint.
Related formssquawk·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for squawker
Historical Examples of squawker
"Squealer and Squawker both went into the heap that time, I guess," said Rudolf.
Squawker seemed quite pleased, however, and turned himself round and round for their approval.
British Dictionary definitions for squawker
a loud raucous cry; screech
informal a loud complaint or protest
Derived Formssquawker, noun
to utter a squawk or with a squawk
(intr) informal to complain loudly
Word Origin for squawk
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squawker
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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