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shriek

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verb \ˈshrēk, especially Southern ˈsrēk\

Definition of shriek

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter a sharp shrill sound

  3. 2a :  to cry out in a high-pitched voice :  screechb :  to suggest such a cry (as by vividness of expression) neon colors shrieked for attention — Calvin Tomkins

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter with a shriek shriek an alarm

  6. 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.

Origin and Etymology of shriek

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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shriek

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Definition of shriek

  1. 1 :  a shrill usually wild or involuntary cry

  2. 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

1567

First Known Use of shriek

1567


SHRIEK Defined for English Language Learners

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shriek

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verb \ˈshrēk, especially Southern ˈsrēk\

Definition of shriek for English Language Learners

  • : to make a loud, high-pitched cry

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

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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

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verb \ˈshrēk\

Definition of shriek for Students

shrieked

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shrieking

  1. 1 :  to make a loud high-pitched cry We shrieked with delight.

  2. 2 :  to say in a loud high-pitched voice She shrieked my name.


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shriek

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noun

Definition of shriek for Students

  1. :  a loud high-pitched cry or sound



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