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scream

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verb \ˈskrēm\

Simple Definition of scream

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scream

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a (1) :  to voice a sudden sharp loud cry (2) :  to produce harsh high tonesb :  to make a noise resembling a scream <the siren screamed>c :  to move with great rapidity

  3. 2a :  to speak or write with intense or hysterical emotionb :  to protest, demand, or complain vehementlyc :  to laugh hysterically

  4. 3 :  to produce a vivid startling effect

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to utter with or as if with a scream

Examples of scream in a sentence

  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


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scream

noun

Simple Definition of scream

  • : a loud and high cry or sound

  • : a person or thing that is very funny

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scream

  1. 1 :  a loud sharp penetrating cry or noise

  2. 2 :  a very funny person or thing

Examples of scream in a sentence

  1. She let out a piercing scream.

  2. <that new comedy is a scream>



1605

First Known Use of scream

1605



SCREAM Defined for Kids

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scream

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verb \ˈskrēm\

Definition of scream for Students

screamedscreaming

  1. :  to cry out (as in fright) with a loud and high-pitched sound

screamer \ˈskrē-mər\ noun



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scream

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noun

Definition of scream for Students

  1. :  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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