squawk

verb
\ ˈskwȯk How to pronounce squawk (audio) \
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 Most fans, just eager to get back to seeing games after a year of no fans in the stands thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, probably won't squawk much at the ban on bringing in their own beverages. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "60 years ago, Milwaukee County tried to ban carry-ins at the stadium. It did not go well.," 5 Mar. 2021 When evening comes and the lights turn on, gulls flock to the rafters and squawk through the night. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Novak Djokovic Wins Ninth Australian Open Title," 21 Feb. 2021 Astro's Playroom doesn't use the speaker to squawk at players for attention or play audio logs. Kyle Orland And Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with the PS5’s synesthetic DualSense controller," 27 Oct. 2020 But what happens to that lucky bird that lives to squawk another day? Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, "25 Best Thanksgiving Trivia Facts to Impress Your Friends This Holiday," 22 July 2020 That laconic transmission response is at odds with the aggressive throttle response, which prompts the Atlas to squawk its tires when launching from a standstill if the initial throttle tip-in is even slightly too eager. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Satisfies the Brady Bunches of America and Bolsters VW's Bottom Line," 15 May 2020 Come together Lights flashed and the occasional siren squawked as the vehicles made their way down the street. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "K-9 officers from across Central Indiana stage parade for chronically ill McCordsville boy," 14 Apr. 2020 Some might squawk about its slight roll in corners, which is out of character for a supercar. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi R8 Spyder Was Made to Chase Sunsets," 15 Apr. 2020 The two birds touched beaks and squawked amiably at each other for a few hours, but eventually Clyde flew off, and Carpenter took Gracie home. Katia Bachko, The New Yorker, "How to Trap Your Neighbors’ Cockatoo," 23 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For now, mornings here are marked by the squawk of chachalacas. Sheila Marikar, Fortune, "Mexico’s gated communities are providing sweet relief for weary Americans," 4 Apr. 2021 Avian residents of the Orlando Wetlands Park — coots, eagles, spoonbills, egrets, herons, owls, vultures and more — squawk, chirp, hoot and sing to usher in the new day. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Fresh Air: Orlando Wetlands Park is an oasis for birds, birders and photographers," 19 Mar. 2021 Republican voters should be rushing to the polls after being inundated with untruths through television ads and social media, and after seeing Trump squawk at an airplane hangar a couple of times. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Election integrity, independents in the Legislature, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson," 23 Nov. 2020 The ceaseless bridge cacophony is broken only by the occasional squawk of a gull or ping of a bicycle bell. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "New East Bay shoreline park and pier opens with accessible fishing and unusual views," 25 Oct. 2020 The wee panda, the size of a butter stick, introduced itself with a howling squawk. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Miracle of Breeding a Panda Cub During a Pandemic," 22 Aug. 2020 No black voice could ever be more than a brutish squawk. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, "Speech and Slavery in the West Indies," 3 Aug. 2020 That dropped as the natural light faded, first leaving a violet ceiling of sky before nightfall arrived, accompanied by alarmingly loud squawks from a flock of seagulls perched on steel railings atop the arena. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Novak Djokovic rallies to win Australian Open," 2 Feb. 2020 That dropped as the match went on and the natural light faded, first leaving a violet ceiling of sky before nightfall arrived, accompanied by alarmingly loud squawks from a flock of seagulls perched on steel railings atop Rod Laver Arena. Washington Post, "Djokovic tops Thiem for 8th Australian Open title, 17 majors," 2 Feb. 2020

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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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13 Mar 2021

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“Squawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squawk. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce squawk (audio) \
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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