squawk / skwôk/ • v. [intr.] (of a bird) make a loud, harsh noise: the geese flew upriver, squawking. ∎ [with direct speech] (of a person) say something in a loud, discordant tone: “What are you doing?” she squawked. ∎ complain or protest about something.• n. a loud, harsh or discordant noise made by a bird or a person. ∎ a complaint or protest: her plan provoked a loud squawk from her friends.DERIVATIVES: squawk·er n.