- uttering screams.
- boldly striking or startling: screaming colors; screaming headlines.
- causing hilarious laughter; extremely funny: a screaming farce.
- the act or sound of a person or thing that screams.
Origin of screaming
- 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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Examples from the Web for screaming
Johnson heard officers around him screaming to their comrade.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
When not screaming or yelling hysterically, Samuel is brandishing makeshift weapons and pushing his cousins off a tree house.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
November 30, 2014
As for the video itself, think “Girls Gone Wild” with less nudity and more images of dudes drinking and screaming.FinnaRage Wants You to Rage at Its Parties. So What if It Ends Up a Riot?
October 27, 2014
This fight was like something we typically see in reality shows, complete with name calling and screaming.After Maher-Affleck, We Need an Honest—and Calm—Dialogue on Islam
October 10, 2014
But what is it like with no Penelope Cruz pouting in sheer red satin, without the massed paparazzi, and screaming publicists?No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
Carlotta waited, her hand over her mouth to keep herself from screaming.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Wat's voice was shrill in the land, yelling, exhorting, screaming.
It seemed as if nothing could exist in that blazing, screaming hell.
Behind him the milling, screaming crowd was huddling, as if for protection.
He was screaming and clutching at his throat, trying to loosen his collar.The Second Voice
- 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 screaming
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.