\ 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



Definition of squawk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a harsh abrupt scream
2 : a noisy complaint

Other Words from squawk


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is the smallest commuter in the Hyundai lineup, but the Accent is still spry enough to squawk the tires. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 23 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 27 Oct. 2020 But what happens to that lucky bird that lives to squawk another day? Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, 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, 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, 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, 15 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just the occasional dull roar of the hot-air balloon’s igniter and the digital squawk of the pilot’s walkie-talkie followed by his steady-voiced exchanges about weather and elevation. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Birch Aquarium is selling the naming rights to its Little Blue Penguins for $50,000 apiece to help underwrite a habitat for the seabirds, which tirelessly growl, squawk, screech and peep. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022 Users tend to disintegrate -- their teeth dissolving from the toxic smoke and their voices fading to a squawk. Kyung Lah, Anna-maja Rappard And Rachel Clarke, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 It’s not just her rendition of Coulter’s distinct squawk, which is uncanny, but the subtle flicks of the hair and sharp, judgmental intakes of breath. Olivia Nuzzi, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2021 That life is corrosion and decay, blossoms and smiles, the squawk of a cockatoo. New York Times, 6 Sep. 2021 But this morning’s run was particularly challenging: six adult toucans, known for their loud squawk. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 His house was wired with squawk boxes, which enabled the family to listen in to NASA communications when his dad was on a mission. Alex Moore, Robb Report, 24 July 2021 Despite the hour, there were a few people at the house -- typical during missions -- and the squawk boxes were chirping. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, 16 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of squawk


1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squawk


probably blend of squall and squeak

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“Squawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squawk. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for squawk


\ 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



Kids Definition of squawk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a harsh short cry
2 : a noisy complaint

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