- 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 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
C19: of imitative origin
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper