[ skwawk ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter a loud, harsh cry, as a duck or other fowl when frightened.

  2. Informal. to complain loudly and vehemently.

verb (used with object)
  1. to utter or give forth with a squawk.

  1. a loud, harsh cry or sound.

  2. Informal. a loud, vehement complaint.

  1. the black-crowned night heron.: See under night heron.

Origin of squawk

1815–25; blend of squall2 and hawk3

Other words for squawk

Other words from squawk

  • squawker, noun

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How to use squawk in a sentence

  • Squawking birds rose in every direction as they approached, and clouds of gulls circled around crying the alarm.

    Bobby of the Labrador | Dillon Wallace
  • Squawking chickens darted to safety and a flock of geese waddled off hissing their protest.

    The Secret of the Sundial | Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • Squawking and yelling children swarmed over the flags and rude cobblestones that paved the ways.

    The Black Bag | Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for squawk


/ (skwɔːk) /

  1. a loud raucous cry; screech

  2. informal a loud complaint or protest

  1. to utter a squawk or with a squawk

  2. (intr) informal to complain loudly

Origin of squawk

C19: of imitative origin

Derived forms of squawk

  • squawker, noun

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