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screech

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noun \ˈskrēch\

Definition of screech

  1. 1 :  a high shrill piercing cry usually expressing pain or terror

  2. 2 :  a sound resembling a screech

Examples of screech in a sentence

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

1560

First Known Use of screech

1560


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screech

verb

Definition of screech

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter a high shrill piercing cry :  make an outcry usually in terror or pain

  3. 2 :  to make a shrill high-pitched sound resembling a screech; also :  to move with such a sound <the car screeched to a stop>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of screech

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


First Known Use: 1577



SCREECH Defined for English Language Learners

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screech

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noun \ˈskrēch\

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


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screech

verb

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

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verb \ˈskrēch\

Definition of screech for Students

screeched

screeching

  1. 1 :  to make a high-pitched harsh sound

  2. 2 :  to utter with a high-pitched harsh sound

  3. 3 :  to cry out in a loud, high-pitched way (as in terror or pain)


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screech

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noun

Definition of screech for Students

  1. 1 :  a high-pitched harsh cry <the screech of an owl>

  2. 2 :  a high-pitched harsh sound <the screech of brakes>



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