- to utter or make a harsh, shrill cry or sound: The child screeched hysterically. The brakes screeched.
- to utter with a screech: She screeched her warning.
- a harsh, shrill cry or sound: an owl's screech; the screech of brakes.
Origin of screech
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Examples from the Web for screech
“I guess some part of me will always be Screech,” young Diamond says at the end of the film.How Bad Was 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story'?
September 2, 2014
But if you say Screech or the guy from Clueless, who are people going to know?
Yeah, and especially me, because the Screech character was so hard to shake.
Well, he came across like Screech from Saved By the Bell, only without the necessary follicles to sustain a Jewfro.Iowa GOP Senate Debate Shows Divides
April 25, 2014
It was the screech of tires outside their home, masked and armed men piling out of vans and cars, shouts of “What do you want?”Did the U.S. Make a Mistake In Seizing Anas al-Liby?
October 14, 2013
We could hear him screech for half an hour after he left us.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
I'd about got to thirdly when James give a screech and p'inted.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
But its screech had brought the other dwarfs running to the scene.
Before he could finish his message he heard also the screech of an engine whistle.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
But that screech of his was re-echoed from the mountainside above.
- a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched sound or cry
- to utter with or produce a screech
- (esp in Newfoundland) a dark rum
Word Origin and History for screech
1570s, alteration of scritch (mid-13c., schrichen), possibly of imitative origin (cf. shriek). Related: Screeched; screeching. Screech-owl is attested from 1590s (scritch-owl is from 1520s).
1550s, from screech (v.). Earlier scritch (1510s).