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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Slang Dictionary

squawk definition


  1. in.
    to complain. : Some people squawk because they don't have anything else to do.
  2. n.
    a complaint. : Here's another squawk from the lady on the third floor.
  3. tv. & in.
    to reveal or blabsomething. : She squawked the whole business to the fuzz.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
It hung motionless, then flapped its wings and squawked when she carelessly tossed it aside.
My eyes grew heavy as the radio squawked about conditions outside the windowless green truck.
The police radio squawked again and the car sped away, its siren piercing the night.
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