1

squawk

play
verb \ˈskwȯk\

Definition of squawk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter a harsh abrupt scream

  3. 2 :  to complain or protest loudly or vehemently opponents of the bill squawked

squawker

noun

Examples of squawk in a Sentence

  1. The customers squawked about the high prices.

  2. Opponents of the project have been squawking.

Recent Examples of squawk from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'squawk.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of squawk

probably blend of squall and squeak


2

squawk

noun

Definition of squawk

  1. 1 :  a harsh abrupt scream

  2. 2 :  a noisy complaint

Examples of squawk in a Sentence

  1. if we don't receive any squawks, we can assume the change was acceptable

Recent Examples of squawk from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'squawk.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of squawk

1850


SQUAWK Defined for English Language Learners

squawk

play
verb

Definition of squawk for English Language Learners

  • of a bird : to make a short, harsh cry

  • : to complain or protest loudly or with strong feeling


SQUAWK Defined for Kids

1

squawk

play
verb \ˈskwȯk\

Definition of squawk for Students

squawked

;

squawking

  1. 1 :  to make a harsh short cry The bird squawked loudly.

  2. 2 :  to complain or protest loudly or with strong feeling


2

squawk

play
noun

Definition of squawk for Students

  1. 1 :  a harsh short cry

  2. 2 :  a noisy complaint



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up squawk? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

lethargy or dullness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!