\ ˈskrik \
plural -s

Definition of schrik

southern Africa
: a sudden fright : panic

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History and Etymology for schrik

Afrikaans skrik, from Dutch schrik, from schrikken to be frightened, from Middle Dutch schricken to be frightened, stride; akin to Old High German scricken to jump, Middle High German scherzen to leap for joy

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“Schrik.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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