- 1[intransitive] (of birds) to make a loud sharp sound The parrot squawked and flew away. In the corner of the room a hen was squawking in a wooden cage.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] (+ speech) to speak or make a noise in a loud, sharp voice because you are angry, surprised, etc. ‘You did what?!’ she squawked. Word Origin early 19th cent.: imitative.
BrE BrE//skwɔːk//; NAmE NAmE//skwɔːk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squawk
BrE BrE//skwɔːk//; NAmE NAmE//skwɔːk//he / she / it squawks
BrE BrE//skwɔːks//; NAmE NAmE//skwɔːks//past simple squawked
BrE BrE//skwɔːkt//; NAmE NAmE//skwɔːkt//past participle squawked
BrE BrE//skwɔːkt//; NAmE NAmE//skwɔːkt//-ing form squawking
BrE BrE//ˈskwɔːkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɔːkɪŋ//