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Squawk (plural Squawks)
  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.


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.
  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 4-digit transponder code. (Normally followed by the specific code in question.)


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