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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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  • She fell to the floor in helpless, shrieking laughter when he came.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • shrieking and crashing, the vulture-forces of destruction sweep upon it.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • shrieking, I hurled free of him, and rolled over the tail-board on to the stubble.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • His suffering limbs were, so to speak, shrieking for mercy but he would not give it to them.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • At the next moment the dog had leaped upon the man, and he was shrieking on the ground.

    The Christian Hall Caine
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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