from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To utter a harsh scream; screech.
  • intransitive v. Informal To complain or protest noisily or peevishly.
  • transitive v. To utter with or as if with a squawk.
  • n. A loud screech.
  • n. A noisy complaint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shrill noise, especially made by a voice or bird; a yell, scream, or call.
  • n. A four-digit transponder code used by aircraft for identification or transmission of emergency signals.
  • n. An issue or complaint related to aircraft maintenance.
  • n. The American night heron.
  • v. To make a squawking noise; to yell, scream, or call out shrilly.
  • v. To speak out; to protest.
  • v. To report an infraction; to rat on or tattle; to disclose a secret.
  • v. To set or transmit a four-digit transponder code. (Normally followed by the specific code in question.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of squawking; a harsh squeak.
  • n. The American night heron. See under Night.
  • intransitive v. To utter a shrill, abrupt scream; to squeak harshly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cry with a loud harsh voice; make a loud outcry, as a duck or other fowl when frightened.
  • n. A loud, harsh squeak or squall.
  • n. The American night-heron: same as quawk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. utter a harsh abrupt scream
  • n. informal terms for objecting
  • v. complain
  • n. the noise of squawking


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition



  • 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.

    Charlie Brooker's Screen burn: Blind Date

  • No twits of squirrels, not a squawk from the tops of the trees.

    HAVEN • by Kevin Shamel

  • These four items are what everyone is talking about, but not much of a bark nor squawk from the mainstream media.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Warren opened his mouth to respond, but a sudden squawk from the boat’s intercom made him stop.

    DELUGE (Part 31) – Brian Keene

  • All of our cars and most shepherds’ mobile phones have inside them an electronic device we call a squawk box, which periodically transmits a fake phone call that’s encrypted but traceable.


  • More thankfully still, when it does, Lincoln's first question to me the next morning is whether I was able to help the person I was trying to save, and when I say no, as I usually do, he gives me a squawk, which is what they call a hug on "SpongeBob", and tells me he hopes I have better luck next time.

    The Full Feed from

  • U.S. prosecutors were chided by a federal judge on Thursday for withholding information from six former Wall Street brokers and traders who were convicted last year in a scheme to misuse brokerage-firm "squawk" boxes.

    Judge Faults Prosecutors in 'Squawk Box' Case

  • The criminal convictions of three former stockbrokers and three former members of a defunct day-trading firm's management will stand in a plot to misuse brokerage firm "squawk" boxes, a judge has ruled.

    Judge Denies New Trial in 'Squawk' Box Case

  • A former Smith Barney broker was sentenced to no jail time on Wednesday after he cooperated with federal prosecutors in a probe into an alleged scheme to misuse brokerage-firm "squawk" boxes.

    Witness Receives No Jail Time in 'Squawk' Box Case

  • A jury began deliberations Monday in a retrial of six men accused of misusing information announced over brokerage-firm "squawk" boxes.

    Corrections & Amplifications


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