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1scream

verb \ˈskrēm\

: to suddenly cry out in a loud and high voice because of pain, surprise, etc.

: to say (something) in a loud and high voice because you are angry, afraid, etc.

: to make a very loud, high sound

Full Definition of SCREAM

intransitive verb
1
a (1) :  to voice a sudden sharp loud cry (2) :  to produce harsh high tones
b :  to make a noise resembling a scream <the siren screamed>
c :  to move with great rapidity
2
a :  to speak or write with intense or hysterical emotion
b :  to protest, demand, or complain vehemently
c :  to laugh hysterically
3
:  to produce a vivid startling effect
transitive verb
:  to utter with or as if with a scream
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Examples of SCREAM

  1. She screamed when the door suddenly slammed shut.
  2. This is so irritating I could scream.
  3. The crowd screamed with excitement.
  4. He was dragged, kicking and screaming, from the room.
  5. He screamed at her to stop.
  6. Sirens were screaming in the distance.
  7. Police cars screamed down the street.
  8. Newspaper headlines screamed about the spike in crime.

Origin of SCREAM

Middle English scremen; akin to Middle Dutch schreem scream
First Known Use: 12th century

2scream

noun

: a loud and high cry or sound

: a person or thing that is very funny

Full Definition of SCREAM

1
:  a loud sharp penetrating cry or noise
2
:  a very funny person or thing

Examples of SCREAM

  1. She let out a piercing scream.
  2. <that new comedy is a scream>

First Known Use of SCREAM

1605
SCREAM Defined for Kids

1scream

verb \ˈskrēm\
screamedscream·ing

Definition of SCREAM for Kids

:  to cry out (as in fright) with a loud and high-pitched sound
scream·er \ˈskrē-mər\ noun

2scream

noun

Definition of SCREAM for Kids

:  a long cry that is loud and high-pitched <But right then, there was this awful scream, and we saw a big wave of water coming toward us. — Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid>

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