AskDefine | Define squawk

Dictionary Definition



1 the noise of squawking; "the squawk of car horns"
2 informal terms for objecting; "I have a gripe about the service here" [syn: gripe, kick, beef, bitch]


1 utter a harsh abrupt scream [syn: screak, skreak, skreigh, screech]
2 complain; "What was he hollering about?" [syn: gripe, grouse, crab, beef, bellyache, holler]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /skwɔːk/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔːk
  • homophone: squark in non-rhotic dialects


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


  1. To make a squawking noise; to yell, scream, or call out shrilly.
  2. To speak out; to protest.
  3. To report an infraction; to rat on or tattle; to disclose a secret.

Extensive Definition

Squawk can refer to:
  • Squawk code, (more formally transponder code) a four-digit number sent out by an aircraft's transponder
  • Squawk (album), hard rock band Budgie's second album released in 1972
  • Squawk virtual machine, a Java virtual machine for small devices, written mostly in Java programming language
  • A nickname for the Seattle Seahawks football team
  • Squawk can also refer to another aviation-related meaning concerning maintenance problems, such as: "The plane has three squawks." - where there are three problems that require repair or attention.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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