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shriek

[shreek] /ʃrik/
noun
1.
a loud, sharp, shrill cry.
2.
a loud, high sound of laughter.
3.
any loud, shrill sound, as of a whistle.
verb (used without object)
4.
to utter a loud, sharp, shrill cry, as birds.
5.
to cry out sharply in a high voice:
to shriek with pain.
6.
to utter loud, high-pitched sounds in laughing.
7.
(of a musical instrument, a whistle, the wind, etc.) to give forth a loud, shrill sound.
verb (used with object)
8.
to utter in a shriek:
to shriek defiance.
Origin of shriek
1560-1570
1560-70; earlier shrick, N variant of shritch (now dial.), Middle English schrichen, back formation from Old English scriccettan; akin to shrike
Related forms
shrieker, noun
shriekingly, adverb
shrieky, adjective
outshriek, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1, 5. scream, screech. 5. See scream.
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  • Again there was a furious chorus of hugging and shrieking and crying and kissing.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • Wan Lingga's men raised their war-yell, and shrieking 'By order of the King!'

    In Court and Kampong Hugh Clifford
  • How can we tell who is the greatest and the cleverest among all these shrieking braggarts?

    Clocks Jerome K. Jerome
  • In an instant I was rolling on the deck and shrieking from the terribleness of my suffering.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • There is a crowd of pamphlets that have come down to us shrieking with the ineptitude of this period.

British Dictionary definitions for shrieking

shriek

/ʃriːk/
noun
1.
a shrill and piercing cry
verb
2.
to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone
Derived Forms
shrieker, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Norse skrækja to screech1
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Word Origin and History for shrieking

shriek

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shrieking

shriek

noun

  1. An exclamation point; bang, shout (1864+ Print shop)
  2. istilled and concentrated heroin; black tar (mid-1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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