His voice is now shriller, the sobbing more pathetic, and the words begin to garble as he swallows water.
The cry was repeated, shriller this time with the insistence of anxiety.
Nearer and nearer rolled the battle and louder and shriller grew its note.
I appeared suddenly to lose the power of appreciating deep sounds, while the shriller ones were comparatively unimpaired.
The sound was repeated, but louder, clearer, shriller than before.
Terrified, Jessie only cried the louder and shriller, wrenching her arm free from the stranger's grasp.
The landlady grew all the shriller at that, and silenced my mother impatiently.
And the great taunting laugh was echoed by the shriller cackle of the female fiend.
Stronger and shriller grew the wind, and stronger and shriller was its warning.
At any rate, the voice lifting itself in shriller complaint, the words became intelligible.
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.