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shrill

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verb \ˈshril, especially Southern ˈsril\

Simple Definition of shrill

  • : to make a very loud, high-pitched sound

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

Full Definition of shrill

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  scream

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to utter or emit an acute piercing sound

Examples of shrill

  1. <the mud-splattered bystanders were shrilling with outrage at the inconsiderate motorist>



Origin of shrill

Middle English; probably akin to Old English scrallettan to resound loudly — more at skirl


First Known Use: 13th century


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shrill

adjective

Simple Definition of shrill

  • : having a very loud, high-pitched sound

  • : loud and difficult to ignore but often unreasonable

Full Definition of shrill

  1. 1a :  having or emitting a sharp high-pitched tone or sound :  piercingb :  accompanied by sharp high-pitched sounds or cries <shrill gaiety>

  2. 2 :  having a sharp or vivid effect on the senses <shrill light>

  3. 3 :  strident, intemperate <shrill anger> <shrill criticism>

shrill adverb
shrill·ness noun
shril·ly play \ˈshril-lē, especially Southern ˈsril-\ adverb

Examples of shrill

  1. <the shrill sound of a policeman's whistle>



14th Century

First Known Use of shrill

14th century


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shrill

noun

Definition of shrill

  1. :  a shrill sound <the shrill of the ship's whistle>



1589

First Known Use of shrill

1589


SHRILL Defined for Kids

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shrill

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verb \ˈshril\

Definition of shrill

shrilledshrill·ing

  1. 1 :  to make a high-pitched usually piercing sound

  2. 2 :  to say in a loud high-pitched voice <“Will!” a voice shrilled, and Mary came flying up the drive. — Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising>




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shrill

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adjective

Definition of shrill

shrill·ershrill·est

  1. :  having a high-pitched usually piercing sound <a shrill whistle>

shrill·ness noun
shril·ly \ˈshril-lē\ adverb <She spoke shrilly.>




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