shriek

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1shriek

verb \ˈshrēk, especially Southern ˈsrēk\

: to make a loud, high-pitched cry

: to say (something) in a loud, high-pitched voice

Full Definition of SHRIEK

intransitive verb
1
:  to utter a sharp shrill sound
2
a :  to cry out in a high-pitched voice :  screech
b :  to suggest such a cry (as by vividness of expression) <neon colors shrieked for attention — Calvin Tomkins>
transitive verb
1
:  to utter with a shriek <shriek an alarm>
2
:  to express in a manner suggestive of a shriek

Examples of SHRIEK

  1. The birds were shrieking in the trees.
  2. She shrieked when she saw a mouse.

Origin of SHRIEK

Middle English shreken, probably irregular from shriken to shriek; akin to Old Norse skrækja to shriek
First Known Use: 15th century

2shriek

noun

: a loud, high-pitched cry or sound

Full Definition of SHRIEK

1
:  a shrill usually wild or involuntary cry
2
:  a sound resembling a shriek <the shriek of chalk on the blackboard>

Examples of SHRIEK

  1. the shriek of the train's brakes

First Known Use of SHRIEK

1567

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