squawk

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English[edit]

A Silver Gull squawking

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

squawk (plural squawks)

  1. A shrill noise, especially made by a voice or bird; a yell, scream, or call.
  2. (aviation) A four-digit transponder code used by aircraft for identification or transmission of emergency signals.
  3. (aviation) An issue or complaint related to aircraft maintenance.
  4. The American night heron.

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Verb[edit]

squawk (third-person singular simple present squawks, present participle squawking, simple past and past participle squawked)

  1. To make a squawking noise; to yell, scream, or call out shrilly.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 6
      The hens woke up squawking with terror because they had all dreamed simultaneously of hearing a gun go off in the distance.
  2. To speak out; to protest.
  3. To report an infraction; to rat on or tattle; to disclose a secret.
  4. (aviation) To set or transmit a four-digit transponder code. (Normally followed by the specific code in question.)