Definition of Squawk

1. Noun. The noise of squawking. "The squawk of car horns"

Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Squawky

2. Verb. Utter a harsh abrupt scream.
Exact synonyms: Screak, Screech, Skreak, Skreigh
Generic synonyms: Call, Cry, Holler, Hollo, Scream, Shout, Shout Out, Squall, Yell
Derivative terms: Screech, Screecher, Squawker

3. Noun. Informal terms for objecting. "I have a gripe about the service here"
Exact synonyms: Beef, Bitch, Gripe, Kick
Generic synonyms: Objection
Derivative terms: Beef, Bitch, Bitchy, Gripe, Kick

4. Verb. Complain. "What was he hollering about?"
Exact synonyms: Beef, Bellyache, Bitch, Crab, Gripe, Grouse, Holler
Generic synonyms: Complain, Kick, Kvetch, Plain, Quetch, Sound Off
Derivative terms: Beef, Bellyacher, Crab, Gripe, Squawker

Definition of Squawk

1. v. i. To utter a shrill, abrupt scream; to squeak harshly.

2. n. Act of squawking; a harsh squeak.

Definition of Squawk

1. Noun. A shrill noise, especially made by a voice or bird; a yell, scream, or call. ¹

2. Noun. (aviation) A four-digit transponder code used by aircraft for identification or transmission of emergency signals. ¹

3. Noun. (aviation) An issue or complaint related to aircraft maintenance. ¹

4. Noun. The American night heron. ¹

5. Verb. To make a squawking noise; to yell, scream, or call out shrilly. ¹

6. Verb. To speak out; to protest. ¹

7. Verb. To report an infraction; to rat on or tattle; to disclose a secret. ¹

8. Verb. (aviation) To set or transmit a four-digit transponder code. (non-gloss definition (Normally followed by the specific code in question.)) ¹

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Definition of Squawk

1. to utter a loud, harsh cry [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Squawk

1. To utter a shrill, abrupt scream; to squeak harshly. Squawking thrush, the missel turush; so called from its note when alarmed. 1. Act of squawking; a harsh squeak. 2. The American night heron. 3. Squawk duck, the bimaculate duck (Anas glocitans). It has patches of reddish brown behind, and in front of, each eye. (10 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Squawk

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Literary usage of Squawk

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1. Letters of Thomas Edward Brown: Author of 'Fo'c'sle Yarns' by Thomas Edward Brown (1900)
"... now this way, now that, the squawk, the dive,—aw dear! aw dear! They were young in those days! The whole would be a perfect treasure for Pierre Loti; ..."

2. The Birds of Maine: With Key to and Description of the Various Species Known by Ora Willis Knight (1908)
"They do not flush until approached very near and then with a " squawk " arise and fly off neck stretched out and feet to the rear. The incubation period as ..."

3. The Military Dictionary (1987)
"The basic administrative aviation unit of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. squawk—(DOD) A code meaning, "Switch Identification Friend or Foe ..."

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