- high-pitched and piercing in sound quality: a shrill cry.
- producing such a sound.
- full of or characterized by such a sound: shrill music.
- betraying some strong emotion or attitude in an exaggerated amount, as antagonism or defensiveness.
- marked by great intensity; keen: the shrill, incandescent light of the exploding bomb.
- to cry shrilly.
- a shrill sound.
- in a shrill manner; shrilly.
Origin of shrill
Examples from the Web for shrilled
"Five hundred and fifty," shrilled Ayoub's voice above the general din.The Sea-Hawk
The mother came into the brick-paved yard and shrilled 'Paul!Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
He took the pipe in hand and turned it over and shrilled it at his lip.Gilian The Dreamer
"Go it, you deerhounds," shrilled an Irish tenor in the crowd.The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service
James R. Driscoll
Ingrow shrilled, “Tickle him, prick him, pink him till he drinks!”The Lady of Loyalty House
Justin Huntly McCarthy
- sharp and high-pitched in quality
- emitting a sharp high-pitched sound
- to utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill tone
- (tr) rare to cause to produce a shrill sound
Word Origin and History for shrilled
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.