squawk

1 of 2

verb

squawked; squawking; squawks

intransitive verb

1
: to utter a harsh abrupt scream
2
: to complain or protest loudly or vehemently
opponents of the bill squawked
squawker noun

squawk

2 of 2

noun

1
: a harsh abrupt scream
2
: a noisy complaint

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
Those choices included a squawking Australian accent that Hemsworth likened to a chatty sea gull, as well as a prosthetic nose partly selected to scramble the audience’s expectations of what Hemsworth can deliver as an actor. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, 16 May 2024 The other featured a duck squawking out the ungainly acronym that gave Aflac its name. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 26 Mar. 2024 Democrats squawk that two primaries would cost too much. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2024 While some nations and trade ministries squawk about the EU’s green protectionism, many others see the CBAM as conceptually justified. Dan Esty, Fortune, 26 Feb. 2024 For her mother’s birthday on Nov. 12, Ramirez took her to Rosemead Boulevard to witness the unusual sundown spectacle of squawking parrots plunging into the trees. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024 The next two months will involve a lot of industry squawking for CMS to raise rates. Bob Herman Reprints, STAT, 5 Feb. 2024 Around 80 fat Sasso chickens squawk and scratch in his stone henhouse. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2023 Bye Bye Barry forgoes sensationalism and squawking beads for an implicit statement of the obvious: Barry Sanders owes you nothing. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023
Noun
Once presented with a bird on the other side of the call, the parrots would hop towards the screen, let out loud squawks, and bob their heads. Mack Degeurin, Popular Science, 2 May 2024 As the couple turn to continue their walk, the ducks squawk, asking for more. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 The song is unlovely and jagged, the melody’s sweetness repeatedly punctured by the squawks of their habitual bickering. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Their raspy and dissident squawks are quite out of tune. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2023 Others are driven near-mad by their incessant squawks. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 On the floor of the command center is a constant buzz of conversation, punctuated by radio squawks and ringing phones. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 There are squawks of delight, and more little screens emerge from the shadows. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Birds can make an array of noises, from elegant trills to ear-piercing squawks—and nearly everything in between. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

probably blend of squall and squeak

First Known Use

Verb

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of squawk was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Squawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squawk. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

squawk

1 of 2 verb
1
: to utter a harsh short scream
2
: to complain or protest loudly or forcefully
students squawked about the new dress code
squawker noun

squawk

2 of 2 noun
1
: a harsh short scream
2
: a noisy complaint

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