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

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 Stewart, an ornithologist, deftly pulled the sometimes-squawking young birds out of cloth bags after they were picked from the nests by Shattuck. Washington Post, "‘Beautiful noise’: These Bellevue birds are bound for Brazil," 29 July 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. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 15 Aug. 2019 Two jays squawked in the juniper tree, then flitted away. James Murren, latimes.com, "At Utah's Gooseberry Mesa, the joy and power of wilderness prevail," 13 July 2019 In one ear there is a murder of crying, squawking, annoying crows. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al.com, "Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has doubters, but players believe," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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 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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