squawk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v squawk complain "What was he hollering about?"
    • v squawk utter a harsh abrupt scream
    • n squawk informal terms for objecting "I have a gripe about the service here"
    • n squawk the noise of squawking "she awoke to the squawk of chickens","the squawk of car horns"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Squawk Act of squawking; a harsh squeak.
    • Squawk (Zoöl) The American night heron. See under Night.
    • v. i Squawk To utter a shrill, abrupt scream; to squeak harshly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • squawk To cry with a loud harsh voice; make a loud outcry, as a duck or other fowl when frightened.
    • n squawk A loud, harsh squeak or squall.
    • n squawk The American night-heron: same as quawk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Squawk to utter a harsh cry:
    • v.i Squawk (U.S.) to back out in a mean way
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Squeak
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; cf. Sw. sqväka, to croak, Ger. quieken, to squeak.

Usage

In literature:

But I shore admire fer to hear ye squawk.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
In another minute I knew I was right, as I heard a loud squawking of the chickens.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
He opened his bill wide and squawked with pain, and his eyes looked wild.
"The Mexican Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
He gave a hoarse squawk, as he realized that doom had overtaken him.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The goose pecked and squawked and flapped horribly while Pierre was getting his arms about him.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Squawk before you're hurt!
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
They left me to look after the blooming squawking baby.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Weight gave a single squawk, and fled into the inner room, slamming the door violently after her.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
These fled, squawking, when Mr. Gordon ran the car into the ditch and an old woman hobbled out to greet him.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
If he squawks any, I'll talk to him.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
The first suggestion I had that anything unusual was going on was when Perrie let out that wild squawk.
"Ham Sandwich" by James H. Schmitz
A colony of herons rose from the tree-tops beneath us and flew squawking for the farther shore.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Anyway why should the people squawk?
"The House from Nowhere" by Arthur G. Stangland
The loud-speaker on the wall came to life with a squawk, after a few seconds.
"Generals Help Themselves" by M. C. Pease
Mrs. Halsing gave a sudden cry of derision like the abrupt squawk of a jay-bird.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Land's sakes, but those chickens did squawk.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Just the same, we didn't let our squawk get beyond the walls of the lab.
"The Kenzie Report" by Mark Clifton
Shifaz squawked and darted toward Albert, a knife glittering in his hand.
"Insidekick" by Jesse Franklin Bone
You make me cringe, you squawk so!
"Dorothy at Oak Knowe" by Evelyn Raymond
The squawking, close at hand at first, receded rapidly.
"Two Wyoming Girls and Their Homestead Claim" by Carrie L. Marshall
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In poetry:

"I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
A parakeet of gaudy hue
Upon a flame tree smugly rocks;
Oh, we're a precious pair, we two,
I gibber while the parrot squawks.
"Frustration" by Robert W Service

In news:

Wondering what all the squawk over backyard chicken keeping is about.
50-per-month service suspends beta test after exhibs squawk.
For more squawks, pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.
The Squawk of the Day.
Squawk of the Day 30 Nov 2012.
Companies Squawk About Who Gets 'Tweet'.
Paterson Talks Pensions On Squawk Box.
The Love That Dare Not Squawk its Name.
Marcus & Millichap CEO Shares Real Estate Outlook on CNBC ' Squawk on the Street'.
Marcus & Millichap President Featured on CNBC's ' Squawk on the Street'.
Green, president and CEO of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, was featured on CNBC's " Squawk on the Street" on Nov 23.
Paterson Talks Pensions On Squawk Box .
A steller 's jay squawks his anger.
If he sulks, if he squawks, if he acts as though this isn't what he signed up for, Rafer Alston promises he'll have a very good reason.
Phoenix-area residents squawking about backyard chicken coops.
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