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shrill

[shril] /ʃrɪl/
adjective, shriller, shrillest.
1.
high-pitched and piercing in sound quality:
a shrill cry.
2.
producing such a sound.
3.
full of or characterized by such a sound:
shrill music.
4.
betraying some strong emotion or attitude in an exaggerated amount, as antagonism or defensiveness.
5.
marked by great intensity; keen:
the shrill, incandescent light of the exploding bomb.
verb (used with or without object)
6.
to cry shrilly.
noun
7.
a shrill sound.
adverb
8.
in a shrill manner; shrilly.
Origin of shrill
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English shrille (adj., v.); akin to Old English scrallettan to sound loudly; cognate with German schrill (adj.), schrillen (v.); compare Old Norse skrīll rabble
Related forms
shrillness, noun
shrilly, adverb
outshrill, verb (used with object)
unshrill, adjective
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Examples from the Web for shrilled
Historical Examples
  • "Five hundred and fifty," shrilled Ayoub's voice above the general din.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • 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 Neil Munro
  • "Go it, you deerhounds," shrilled an Irish tenor in the crowd.

  • Ingrow shrilled, “Tickle him, prick him, pink him till he drinks!”

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • "Una was eating of the man's piece," she shrilled as she held the fragment aloft.

    B. C. 30,000 Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • For two hours, through that cold and gloomy audience, shrilled the Death-speech.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Insects hummed and shrilled, or whirred like a tiny orchestra.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • "An evil day for thee, Abu Hussein," he shrilled into the mouth of the earth.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • Auguste had expected his voice to be like thunder, but it shrilled like a knife on a grindstone.

    Shaman Robert Shea
British Dictionary definitions for shrilled

shrill

/ʃrɪl/
adjective
1.
sharp and high-pitched in quality
2.
emitting a sharp high-pitched sound
verb
3.
to utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill tone
4.
(transitive) (rare) to cause to produce a shrill sound
Derived Forms
shrillness, noun
shrilly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old English scralletan; related to German schrill shrill, Dutch schrallen to shriek
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Word Origin and History for shrilled

shrill

adj.

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.).

shrill

v.

"to sound shrilly," c.1300, imitative (see shrill (adj.). Related: Shrilled; shrilling.

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