- a loud, sharp, shrill cry.
- a loud, high sound of laughter.
- any loud, shrill sound, as of a whistle.
- to utter a loud, sharp, shrill cry, as birds.
- to cry out sharply in a high voice: to shriek with pain.
- to utter loud, high-pitched sounds in laughing.
- (of a musical instrument, a whistle, the wind, etc.) to give forth a loud, shrill sound.
- to utter in a shriek: to shriek defiance.
Origin of shriek
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Examples from the Web for shriek
Students moan and growl and shriek and yawp, as if exorcising demons in a ritualistic ceremony.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
A shriek of glee briefly broke out across the Web as inquiring minds tried to deduce who was the lucky lady.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
Even her brother, Sheriff, who tried to pick her up to cuddle her, was pushed away with a firm “no” and a shriek.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
For all its performance art and immersive theater foundation, the show also has its own shriek moments.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights
October 7, 2014
They will shriek and giggle, half-scared and half-delighted, when their father pretends to be a monster that will eat them up.The Science of Weepies: Why We Love Crying at the Movies
June 4, 2014
It was rather a frightful place to go into in search of the source of a shriek.
Through the cold and darkness came a shriek that chilled her with horror.
Yet, in the intensity of her utterance, the feeble whisper struck like a shriek of horror.Within the Law
By degrees her voice had lost its cooing tone and had risen to a shriek.The Bacillus of Beauty
At this juncture the brakes began to shriek and grind upon the wheels.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- a shrill and piercing cry
- to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone
Word Origin and History for shriek
16c. variant of scrycke (c.1200), from Old Norse skrækja "to screech" (see screech), probably of imitative origin. Related: Shrieked; shrieking. The noun is attested from 1580s, from the verb.