Definition of squawky in English:



  • (of a voice) loud and harsh.

    ‘their voices are high and birdlike and squawky’
    • ‘Other than possums we were surrounded by weird, long legged, fat squawky birds, and the odd giant cockroach and killer crocodile.’
    • ‘Much of their previous work was either bouncy, drum filled, squawky pop-mania, or simple protracted acoustic meanderings.’
    • ‘Rather than have a recording of an actual dolphin, the Byrds decided to simply mimic the clicky, squawky noise with one of those new-fangled synthesisers.’
    • ‘The galah is another of Australia's many parrots, and its reputation for being not only squawky but also not very bright, gave rise to the Oz slang term for a fool.’
    • ‘He puts on an appalling high-pitched Australian squawky voice.’
    • ‘His sax playing is rough, squawky and vocalised.’
    • ‘The Rainbow lorikeet is as squawky as it is beautiful.’
    • ‘As a gawky, squawky teenager with no friends, desperate to distance herself from her parents, she took a part-time job in a library.’
    • ‘The playing is very, very sloppy, but that only seems to make the song even more fun, and the squawky sax at the end is less intrusive and irritating than "Oh Bondage".’
    harsh, raucous, strident, piercing, shrill, ear-piercing, screeching, squawking, squeaky, sharp
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