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[strahyd-nt] /ˈstraɪd nt/
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
1650-60; < Latin strīdent- (stem of strīdēns), present participle of strīdēre to make a harsh noise; see -ent
Related forms
stridence, stridency, noun
stridently, adverb
nonstrident, adjective
overstridence, noun
overstridency, noun
overstrident, adjective
overstridently, adverb
unstrident, adjective
unstridently, adverb Unabridged
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  • "Just a little friendly call," Cassidy announced, in his strident voice.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Dominating this came Richard's voice, strident with intensity, if thick of utterance.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • 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 Edna Ferber
  • I suppose he got this name from his strident voice and exhaustless eloquence.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for strident


(of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
urgent, clamorous, or vociferous: strident demands
Derived Forms
stridence, stridency, noun
stridently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin strīdēns, from strīdēre to make a grating sound
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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.

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