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shriek

verb \ ˈshrēk , especially Southern ˈsrēk \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of shriek

intransitive verb
1 : to utter a sharp shrill sound
2 a : to cry out in a high-pitched voice : screech
b : to suggest such a cry (as by vividness of expression)
  • neon colors shrieked for attention
  • —Calvin Tomkins
transitive verb
1 : to utter with a shriek
  • shriek an alarm
2 : to express in a manner suggestive of a shriek

Examples of shriek in a Sentence

  1. The birds were shrieking in the trees.

  2. She shrieked when she saw a mouse.

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Origin and Etymology of shriek

Middle English shreken, probably irregular from shriken to shriek; akin to Old Norse skrækja to shriek

shriek Synonyms


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shriek

noun

Definition of shriek

1 : a shrill usually wild or involuntary cry
2 : a sound resembling a shriek
  • the shriek of chalk on the blackboard

Examples of shriek in a Sentence

  1. the shriek of the train's brakes

Recent Examples of shriek from the Web

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First Known Use of shriek

1567


SHRIEK Defined for English Language Learners

shriek

verb

Definition of shriek for English Language Learners

  • : to make a loud, high-pitched cry

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


shriek

noun

Definition of shriek for English Language Learners

  • : a loud, high-pitched cry or sound


SHRIEK Defined for Kids

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shriek

verb \ ˈshrēk \

Definition of shriek for Students

shrieked; shrieking
1 : to make a loud high-pitched cry
  • We shrieked with delight.
2 : to say in a loud high-pitched voice
  • She shrieked my name.

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shriek

noun

Definition of shriek for Students

: a loud high-pitched cry or sound


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