squawker

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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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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