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.

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Origin of squawk

1815–25; blend of squall2 and hawk3

SYNONYMS FOR squawk

OTHER WORDS FROM squawk

squawk·er, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for squawking

  • 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 and yelling children swarmed over the flags and rude cobblestones that paved the ways.

    The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for squawking

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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