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scream

verb \ ˈskrēm \
Updated on: 23 May 2018

Definition of scream

1 a (1) : to voice a sudden sharp loud cry
(2) : to produce harsh high tones
b : to make a noise resembling a scream
  • the siren screamed
c : to move with great rapidity
2 a : to speak or write with intense or hysterical emotion
b : to protest, demand, or complain vehemently
c : to laugh hysterically
3 : to produce a vivid startling effect
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of scream

Middle English scremen; akin to Middle Dutch schreem scream


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scream

noun

Definition of scream

1 : a loud sharp penetrating cry or noise
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

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First Known Use of scream

1605

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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scream Synonyms

Synonyms

hoot, laugh, riot;

Near Antonyms

bummer, downer;



SCREAM Defined for English Language Learners

scream

Definition of scream for English Language Learners

  • : 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


scream

Definition of scream for English Language Learners

  • : a loud and high cry or sound

  • : a person or thing that is very funny


SCREAM Defined for Kids

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scream

verb \ ˈskrēm \

Definition of scream for Students

screamed; screaming
: to cry out (as in fright) with a loud and high-pitched sound

screamer

\ˈskrē-mər\ noun

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scream

noun

Definition of scream for Students

: 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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