squawk

[skwawk]
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)
3.
to utter or give forth with a squawk.
noun
4.
a loud, harsh cry or sound.
5.
Informal. a loud, vehement complaint.
6.
the black-crowned night heron.
See under night heron.


Origin:
1815–25; blend of squall2 and hawk3

squawker, noun


2. grumble, gripe, complain, yelp.
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squawk (skwɔːk)
 
n
1.  a loud raucous cry; screech
2.  informal a loud complaint or protest
 
vb
3.  to utter a squawk or with a squawk
4.  informal (intr) to complain loudly
 
[C19: of imitative origin]
 
'squawker
 
n

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Word Origin & History

squawk
1821, probably of imitative origin (cf. dial. It. squacco "small crested heron"). The noun is attested from 1850. Squawk-box "loud-speaker" is from 1945.
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Example sentences
The last one is waist-high, smaller than the others, and resembles a stunted
  drive-through squawk box.
Local bloggers may squawk about content wanting to be free.
Let the little nippers squawk all they want to about bias.
They're going to be perfect husbands because they'll never make a squawk.
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