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 In the summer months, Anacapa is a cacophonous sea of about 10,000 squawking gulls guarding their territory and chirping chicks hungry for their next meal. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out but their diet may be changing their pristine island homes," 3 Nov. 2019 The first thing the game teaches the player to do is to honk; Over the course of the game, the player will often sneak up behind human characters and squawk at them in torment or diversion. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Video Games Are Better Without Game-Play," 22 Oct. 2019 The first one, released to great commercial success in 2016, pulled off the dubious trick of turning these squawking projectiles into characters, each with its own wisecracks and neuroses. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 12 Aug. 2019 Consumers, sending emails from home, were just getting used to the squealing and squawking sounds of the latest 56 kbps (kilobits per second) dial-up modems. Wired, "How Wi-Fi Almost Didn’t Happen," 12 Sep. 2019 Here was a family movie that included giant terror-mollusks, cute hobbit-like critters getting the mystical life force sucked out of them by giant squawking crow monsters, and a road adventure through the foothills of the uncanny valley. Wired, "Netflix Re-Ups the Puppetry—and Perturbations—of Dark Crystal," 30 Aug. 2019 The first one, released to great commercial success in 2016, pulled off the dubious trick of turning these squawking projectiles into characters, each with its own wisecracks and neuroses. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 12 Aug. 2019 Soon, two babies will be squawking for food that will keep little mama very busy. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Orthopaedic Guild members help mark a grand opening," 5 Aug. 2019 The first one, released to great commercial success in 2016, pulled off the dubious trick of turning these squawking projectiles into characters, each with its own wisecracks and neuroses. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 4-foot tall birds, which migrate south to Florida for the winter, show up at the door, watch TV through the glass, hang out by the bird feeders, chase off squirrels, lounge in the shade and squawk at passing dogs. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "When‘s dinner? Two sandhill cranes have been stopping by a WBL house for a snack for a decade," 19 Oct. 2019 All three take notes as McKenna squirms, stretches tiny fingers, loses her pacifier, and squawks weakly — coping with the world is still difficult. BostonGlobe.com, "One woman’s quest to improve care for premature babies - The Boston Globe," 28 Sep. 2019 But then the bird opens its beak — and instead of a squawk, John Oliver’s nasally English accent comes out. Nora Mcgreevy, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Lion King’ remake offers a muffled roar," 17 July 2019 The squawk of gulls circling potential meals is a less welcome part of the background noise. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Flying Assassins Are Called In to Combat Aggressive Gulls," 15 Aug. 2019 Some chirp, squawk, chatter, slither, hiss or simply blow bubbles. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Photos: Unusual pets sharing our Bay Area homes," 1 Aug. 2019 Since chicken coops seem to be the squawk of the town, options are really limitless. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These "Chicken Coop Mansions" Look Like Guest Houses," 21 May 2019 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

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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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of squawk was in 1821

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squawk

verb
How to pronounce squawk (audio)

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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