WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
squawk /skwɔk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. Animal Behaviorto utter (a loud, harsh cry), such as a duck when frightened: [no object]The ducks squawked as they flew overhead.[+ object]The duck squawked a warning.[used with quotations]"Red alert! Red alert!'' the intercom squawked.
  2. Informal Termsto express (a complaint, etc.) loudly and strongly: [no object]Quit squawking about your grade![+ object]They squawked their disapproval.

n. [countable]
  1. a loud, harsh cry or sound.
  2. Informal Termsa loud, strong complaint.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
squawk  (skwôk),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. Animal Behaviorto utter a loud, harsh cry, as a duck or other fowl when frightened.
  2. Informal Termsto complain loudly and vehemently.

  1. to utter or give forth with a squawk.

  1. a loud, harsh cry or sound.
  2. Informal Termsa loud, vehement complaint.
  3. Birdsthe black-crowned night heron. See under  night heron. 
squawker, n. 
  • blend of, blended squall2 and hawk3 1815–25
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . grumble, gripe, complain, yelp.


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