- the act or sound of a person or thing that screeches.
Origin of screeching
- 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 screeching
Lindsey Graham can barely get ISIS out of his mouth before blowing his shpadoinkle and screeching "we may all get killed!"The Fear About Things That Won't Kill Us Is Killing Us
October 25, 2014
In his screeching desperation, it sounds far more like “You can tell her what I wanted to be.”The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
The progress Whitmire and the committee was making came to a screeching halt when George W. Bush became governor in 1995.Prison Reform is Bigger in Texas
April 12, 2014
Given a screeching demagogue and an evenhanded, mild-mannered technocrat, people will always be more drawn to the former.America’s Epidemic of Psychiatric Over-Diagnosis
June 21, 2013
But I do know I would not read a guideline or listen to the screeching admonishments from across the political spectrum.The Writhing, Miserable Reality of Force Feeding at Guantánamo Bay
May 2, 2013
There was a tremendous snarling and spitting and screeching.White Fang
The one called Gramp was screeching invectives at the grinning bystanders.Wanderer of Infinity
"Bid them make an end of that screeching," she snapped to vent some of her fierce petulance.The Sea-Hawk
The retreat, I maintained—and I was right—was caused by the screeching of the steam whistle.
They said he had caused the fire in some way; be that as it may, he was screeching most horribly.
- 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 screeching
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).