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1shrill

verb \ˈshril, especially Southern ˈsril\

: to make a very loud, high-pitched sound

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

Full Definition of SHRILL

transitive verb
:  scream
intransitive verb
:  to utter or emit an acute piercing sound
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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

2shrill

adjective

: having a very loud, high-pitched sound

: loud and difficult to ignore but often unreasonable

Full Definition of SHRILL

1
a :  having or emitting a sharp high-pitched tone or sound :  piercing
b :  accompanied by sharp high-pitched sounds or cries <shrill gaiety>
2
:  having a sharp or vivid effect on the senses <shrill light>
3
:  strident, intemperate <shrill anger> <shrill criticism>
shrill adverb
shrill·ness noun
shril·ly \ˈshril-lē, especially Southern ˈsril-\ adverb

Examples of SHRILL

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

First Known Use of SHRILL

14th century

3shrill

noun

Definition of SHRILL

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

First Known Use of SHRILL

1589
SHRILLY Defined for Kids

1shrill

verb \ˈshril\
shrilledshrill·ing

Definition of SHRILL for Kids

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

2shrill

adjective
shrill·ershrill·est

Definition of SHRILL for Kids

:  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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