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Definition of squawk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    squawk

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin early 19th cent.: imitative.

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