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screech

noun \ ˈskrēch \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of screech

1 : a high shrill piercing cry usually expressing pain or terror
2 : a sound resembling a screech

Examples of screech in a Sentence

  1. With a loud screech, she smashed the plate against the wall.

Recent Examples of screech from the Web

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First Known Use of screech

1560

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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screech

verb

Definition of screech

screeched; screeching; screeches
1 : to utter a high shrill piercing cry : make an outcry usually in terror or pain
2 : to make a shrill high-pitched sound resembling a screech; also : to move with such a sound
  • the car screeched to a stop
: to utter with or as if with a screech

screecher

noun

Examples of screech in a Sentence

  1. I screeched when I saw the mouse.

  2. He kept screeching at the children to pay attention.

  3. “You can't do this to me!” she screeched.

Recent Examples of screech from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of screech

alteration of earlier scritch, from Middle English scrichen; akin to Old Norse skrækja to screech

screech Synonyms

Near Antonyms

murmur, mutter, whisper;



SCREECH Defined for English Language Learners

screech

Definition of screech for English Language Learners

  • : a loud and very high cry that usually expresses extreme pain, anger, or fear

  • : a loud and very high sound


screech

Definition of screech for English Language Learners

  • : to cry out or shout in a loud and very high voice because of extreme pain, anger, fear, etc.

  • : to make a loud and very high sound


SCREECH Defined for Kids

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screech

verb \ ˈskrēch \

Definition of screech for Students

screeched; screeching
1 : to make a high-pitched harsh sound
2 : to utter with a high-pitched harsh sound
3 : to cry out in a loud, high-pitched way (as in terror or pain)

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screech

noun

Definition of screech for Students

1 : a high-pitched harsh cry
  • the screech of an owl
2 : a high-pitched harsh sound
  • the screech of brakes


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