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shrill

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verb \ˈshril, especially Southern ˈsril\

Definition of shrill

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  scream

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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


First Known Use: 13th century


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shrill

adjective

Definition of shrill

  1. 1a :  having or emitting a sharp high-pitched tone or sound :  piercingb :  accompanied by sharp high-pitched sounds or cries shrill gaiety

  2. 2 :  having a sharp or vivid effect on the senses shrill light

  3. 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

14th Century

First Known Use of shrill

14th century


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shrill

noun

Definition of shrill

  1. :  a shrill sound the shrill of the ship's whistle

1589

First Known Use of shrill

1589


SHRILL Defined for English Language Learners

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shrill

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verb \ˈshril, especially Southern ˈsril\

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

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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

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shrilling

  1. 1 :  to make a high-pitched usually piercing sound

  2. 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

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adjective

Definition of shrill for Students

shriller

;

shrillest

  1. :  having a high-pitched usually piercing sound a shrill whistle

shrillness

noun

shrilly

\ˈshril-lē\ adverb She spoke shrilly.


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