Her voice was shrill with disbelief and choked with grief as she spoke to someone on her cell phone in Fujianese.
She is accused of being many unpleasant things: shrill, vindictive, self-promoting, and more.
“When I was doing press for Whitney, critics were commenting on my appearance, saying I was shrill, saying I was needy,” she says.
Chelsea Handler's bawdy talk show is the perfect antidote to the boys' club of late night and the shrill biddies of daytime.
Behind a chorus of shrill insects, the pops of gunfire can sometimes be heard in the distance.
She seemed about to speak and a shrill bell drowned her voice.
She snatched up the child with a vehemence which frightened it into a shrill cry.
And faintly, from far in the rear, came a babel of shrill calls—weird, inhuman!
Monsieur Bournisien, in full vestments, was singing in a shrill voice.
Then he took his boat and went off to sea, though the waves were black and the wind whistling loud and shrill.
late 14c., schrylle "high-pitched, piercing" (of the voice), probably related to Old English scralletan "to sound loudly" and of imitative origin (cf. Low German schrell, German schrill "piercing, shrill"). Related: Shrillness; shrilly (adv.).
"to sound shrilly," c.1300, imitative (see shrill (adj.). Related: Shrilled; shrilling.