squawk

verb
\ˈskwȯk \
squawked; squawking; squawks

Definition of squawk 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter a harsh abrupt scream

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

squawk

noun

Definition of squawk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a harsh abrupt scream

2 : a noisy complaint

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Other Words from squawk

Verb

squawker noun

Examples of squawk in a Sentence

Verb

The customers squawked about the high prices. Opponents of the project have been squawking.

Noun

if we don't receive any squawks, we can assume the change was acceptable
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Unfortunately, morning on the river starts before sunrise, when the boatmen fire up the outboards and the hornbills start squawking and the rustle of leaves hints at the primates feeding in the canopy. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 Opera purists may squawk, but for me every voice does justice not only to Bizet’s melodic richness but also to the inescapable fatalism of the story, as the music tugs everyone into combustible convergence. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’," 27 June 2018 Kudos to the editors for juxtaposing that with peacocks squawking in response. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 5 Recap: These Guys Are All the Worst," 25 June 2018 Brexiters will squawk about a betrayal, but their political failure is not uniting to make the case for something better. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Brexit and Circuses," 13 June 2018 GenderAvenger, a national group with a Massachusetts chapter, isn’t the only one in town squawking about the lack of women on panels. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "At biotech’s biggest showcase, the lineup is light on female speakers," 31 May 2018 Hiller was angry earlier in the day because Smith’s bird was squawking in the yard, said State Attorney Office spokesman Larry Kahn. Gwen Filosa, miamiherald, "A barking woman was annoyed at a barking dog. So she zapped his groin with a stun gun | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018 Rodríguez carefully untangled a squawking hummingbird from a mist net. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 Although her late-night set began with a series of technical difficulties — from squawking vocals to dropped sound (none of which were her fault) — Dacus remained as graceful as ever. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "Lucy Dacus brings 'Historian' to vibrant life at the Empty Bottle," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hardly a few seconds go by without a bit punctuated by a clip from a popular song or a cartoonish squawk or some other audio accent. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "How Carrot Top Wins in Vegas (Yes, He Can Be Funny)," 6 May 2018 Romantic writers and painters have struggled to capture the wistfulness of that ocean air, the cloud shadowing those sunny skies; poets have called it forth with the squawk of the seagull. Pat Cunnane, WSJ, "Goodbye to Summer, Just as It Begins," 5 July 2018 But palentologist Julia Clarke, while analyzing an ancient bird Vegavis iaai, which would have been alive during the reign of the Tyrannosaurus, discovered a syrinx, the organ that gives modern birds their wide range of honks and squawks. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Dinosaurs Probably Didn't Roar, But Some Definitely Quacked," 13 Oct. 2016 She often was awakened by the squawks of wild turkeys trudging past her tent. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people are moving from the river to homes in the suburbs. Does this approach work?," 10 June 2018 There’s also the magic of being on the water, watching the sunrise from a boat through the Golden Gate, the squawks of the birds and the familiar smell of the old salt air. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Salmon opener brings mysteries, chance of mayhem," 10 June 2018 But now, science might have an answer, sort of, in the form of chairs shaped like eggs and ceilings that bounce your own squawks back at you, forcing you to quiet down through a trick of acoustic psychology. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "How to Make Your Open Office Less Annoying," 9 May 2018 Its squawk echoes an ancient call that has reverberated through this land for thousands of years. National Geographic, "This Is What One of the Last Great Migrations Looks Like," 17 Apr. 2018 At the head of the Conner tribe were Roseanne (Roseanne Barr), with her squawk of a laugh and pro-choice politics, and Dan (John Goodman), an overworked, loveable bull of a husband. Jason Parham, WIRED, "The Fall of the TV Family in Trump's America," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of squawk

Verb

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squawk

Verb

probably blend of squall and squeak

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squawk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squawk

of a bird : to make a short, harsh cry

: to complain or protest loudly or with strong feeling

squawk

verb
\ˈskwȯk \
squawked; squawking

Kids Definition of squawk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : to complain or protest loudly or with strong feeling

squawk

noun

Kids Definition of squawk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a harsh short cry

2 : a noisy complaint

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