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
People may have a tough time telling one squawking bird from another.
Marines were squawking frantically, trying to coordinate with one another.
When that came out, and for a long time afterwards, people were squawking about
  it in the exact same way.
She keeps the little ones in line by chasing them, and they all run around
  squawking and flapping.
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