The call came to his ears in the shrillest of tones, and was followed instantly by the crash of breaking branches.
The one that has the shrillest voice and can scream the loudest is most successful.
The shrillest note of a Terrestrial piccolo is to them so profoundly low that it cannot be heard.
Sara saw him coming and screamed her shrillest and savagest at him.
The servant girls voice at its loudest and shrillest followed him along the corridor.
Ronnie was waving his little hat and shouting the shrillest of cheers, and Mrs. Trevellyan was clapping her best.
But when I had at last moved myself out of his Line, he cried in his shrillest voice, “She is vanished; she is dead.”
The ear seizes the most unseizable sounds in the midst of the shrillest noises.
And they had scarcely passed through the gate when Henrietta began to clamor in her shrillest tones.
The women's tongues were the worst, their voices the shrillest, the things they said the ones that stuck in the memory most.
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.