- to utter a loud, sharp, piercing cry.
- to emit a shrill, piercing sound: The sirens and whistles screamed.
- to laugh immoderately or uncontrollably: The comedian had the audience screaming.
- to shout or speak shrilly, especially with harsh or exaggerated words: They screamed across the back fence.
- to play or sing in a high, loud, harsh manner.
- to be conspicuous or startling: That red dress really screams.
- to utter with or as if with a scream or screams.
- to make by screaming: to scream oneself hoarse.
- a loud, sharp, piercing cry: Her scream frightened off the burglar.
- a shrill, piercing sound: the scream of the tires as the car rounded the curve.
- Informal. someone or something that is hilariously funny: The movie was a scream.
Origin of scream
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- a painting (1937) by Edvard Munch.
Examples from the Web for scream
Available at Amazon Vince Camuto Moto Baseball Cap, $34 Baseball caps may be useful on the road, but they scream “tourist!”The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Anthony Bourdain in Your Life
November 29, 2014
De la Renta was a confident thoroughbred, never needing to scream for attention.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82
October 21, 2014
Sadly, no one helps him, opting instead to scream and run—but can you blame them?Breakdancing Brad Pitt, Chainsaw Massacre Prank, and More Viral Videos
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October 19, 2014
“For someone to scream, that is like applause to us,” Harlacher said.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’
October 4, 2014
"I plan to scream at Palmer the rest of the season, 'cause that's the only way I can get his attention," Weaver announced.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
At that she begins to scream, but the priest he wouldn't let go.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She did not scream, but her face grew white and her eyes horror-stricken.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
But for that scream of fear, the story of Mary Turner had ended there and then.Within the Law
He said that children did nothing but scream: it was their nature, and did not mean that they were in trouble.Rico and Wiseli
When he found that he was held, Johnny was simply too mad to scream.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
- to utter or emit (a sharp piercing cry or similar sound or sounds), esp as of fear, pain, etc
- (intr) to laugh wildly
- (intr) to speak, shout, or behave in a wild or impassioned manner
- (tr) to bring (oneself) into a specified state by screamingshe screamed herself hoarse
- (intr) to be extremely conspicuousthese orange curtains scream, you need more restful colours in a bedroom
- a sharp piercing cry or sound, esp one denoting fear or pain
- informal a person or thing that causes great amusement
Word Origin and History for scream
late 12c., scræmen, of uncertain origin, similar to words in Scandinavian, Dutch, German, and Flemish (cf. Old Norse skræma "to terrify, scare," Swedish scrana "to scream," Dutch schreijen "cry aloud, shriek," Old High German scrian, German schreien "to cry"). Related: Screamed; screaming. Screaming meemies is World War I army slang, originally a soldiers' name for a type of German artillery shell that made a loud noise in flight (from French woman's name Mimi), extended to the battle fatigue caused by long exposure to enemy fire.
mid-15c., from scream (v.).
And (as they say) lamentings heard i' th' Ayre; Strange Schreemes of Death. ["Macbeth," II.iii.61]
Shakespeare's spelling probably reflects "sk-" as spelled in words from Latin (e.g. school); he also has schreene for screen. Slang meaning "something that evokes a cry of laughter" is 1888; screamer in this sense is from 1831.