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Definition of "squawk" [squawk]

  • To utter a harsh scream; screech. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To complain or protest noisily or peevishly. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter with or as if with a squawk. (verb-transitive)
  • A loud screech. (noun)
  • A noisy complaint. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "squawk" in a sentence
  • "The singing was bad enough - she sounded like an angry wasp trapped in a shoebox, butchering melodies with the ghoulish efficiency of Jeffrey Dahmer – but even though she no longer bursts into song, her incessant piercing squawk is still enough to make me want to slice my ears off and hurl them into another dimension."
  • "No twits of squirrels, not a squawk from the tops of the trees."
  • "These four items are what everyone is talking about, but not much of a bark nor squawk from the mainstream media."