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shrill

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verb \ ˈshril , especially Southern ˈsril \

Definition of shrill

transitive verb
intransitive verb
:to utter or emit an acute piercing sound

Examples of shrill in a Sentence

  1. the mud-splattered bystanders were shrilling with outrage at the inconsiderate motorist

Origin and Etymology of shrill

Middle English; probably akin to Old English scrallettan to resound loudly — more at skirl

shrill Synonyms


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shrill

adjective

Definition of shrill

1 a :having or emitting a sharp high-pitched tone or sound :piercing
b :accompanied by sharp high-pitched sounds or cries
  • shrill gaiety
2 :having a sharp or vivid effect on the senses
  • shrill light
3 :strident, intemperate
  • shrill anger
  • shrill criticism

shrill

adverb

shrillness

noun

shrilly

play \ˈshril-lē, especially Southern ˈsril-\ adverb

Examples of shrill in a Sentence

  1. the shrill sound of a policeman's whistle

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First Known Use of shrill

14th century


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shrill

noun

Definition of shrill

:a shrill sound
  • the shrill of the ship's whistle

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First Known Use of shrill

1589


SHRILL Defined for English Language Learners

shrill

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verb

Definition of shrill for English Language Learners

  • : to make a very loud, high-pitched sound

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


shrill

adjective

Definition of shrill for English Language Learners

  • : having a very loud, high-pitched sound

  • : loud and difficult to ignore but often unreasonable


SHRILL Defined for Kids

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shrill

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verb \ ˈshril \

Definition of shrill for Students

shrilled; shrilling
1 :to make a high-pitched usually piercing sound
2 :to say in a loud high-pitched voice
  • “Will!” a voice shrilled, and Mary came flying up the drive.
  • —Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising

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shrill

adjective

Definition of shrill for Students

shriller; shrillest
:having a high-pitched usually piercing sound
  • a shrill whistle

shrillness

noun

shrilly

\ˈshril-lē\ adverb
  • She spoke shrilly.


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