- making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges.
- having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.
- Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates.
Origin of strident
Examples from the Web for strident
Then the beat kicks in, followed shortly thereafter by strident vocals.The Making of Kiesza: From Navy Sharpshooter to Beauty Queen to Pop Diva
October 20, 2014
Wolf also has campaigned as a strident opponent of Obamacare and touted his medical expertise in doing so.D-Day for Milton Wolf, Obama’s Tea Party Cousin, in Kansas Senate Primary
August 5, 2014
Phyllis is a short, stocky, enraged-seeming woman with a high, strident voice and piercing stare.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
His strident screams can be heard on the other side of the wall.‘Camp X-Ray,’ A Kristen Stewart-Starring Guantanamo Bay Film, Premieres at Sundance
January 18, 2014
The reason, by and large, is his strident and divisive agenda on social issues.Texas Judge Carlo Key Flees the GOP: ‘These Are Not My Values’
October 23, 2013
"Just a little friendly call," Cassidy announced, in his strident voice.Within the Law
Dominating this came Richard's voice, strident with intensity, if thick of utterance.Mistress Wilding
He had grown portly and red-faced, and talked in a strident voice.
A strident dame, this, in red satin and diamonds, insisting that she is a lady.Gigolo
I suppose he got this name from his strident voice and exhaustless eloquence.Allan's Wife
H. Rider Haggard
- (of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
- urgent, clamorous, or vociferousstrident demands
Word Origin and History for strident
1650s, from French strident, from Latin stridentem (nominative stridens), present participle of stridere "utter an inarticulate sound, grate, screech," possibly of imitative origin. Related: Stridently.