squawk

To squawk is to make a harsh screech, like the sound that a large bird might make. Your pet parrot might squawk until you give her treats to nibble on.

The imitative word squawk first appeared in the 1800s, and around 1945, the term squawk box began to be used informally to mean "intercom or loudspeaker." Today, that term is primarily used by investors and brokers to mean "an intercom used to communicate stock deals." In addition to being the sound of an irritated bird, a squawk is also a complaint: "All he does is squawk about how hard his new job is."

Definitions of squawk
1

v utter a harsh abrupt scream

Synonyms:
screak, screech, skreak, skreigh
Type of:
call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
utter a sudden loud cry

v complain

Synonyms:
beef, bellyache, bitch, crab, gripe, grouse, holler
Type of:
complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

n the noise of squawking

“she awoke to the squawk of chickens”
“the squawk of car horns”
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n informal terms for objecting

Synonyms:
beef, bitch, gripe, kick
Type of:
objection
the speech act of objecting

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