- 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
Synonyms for squawk
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.
- a loud raucous cry; screech
- informal a loud complaint or protest
- to utter a squawk or with a squawk
- (intr) informal to complain loudly
Word Origin for squawk
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.