to utter a loud, sharp, piercing cry.
to emit a shrill, piercing sound: The sirens and whistles screamed.
to laugh immoderately or uncontrollably: The comedian had the audience screaming.
to shout or speak shrilly, especially with harsh or exaggerated words: They screamed across the back fence.
to play or sing in a high, loud, harsh manner.
to be conspicuous or startling: That red dress really screams.
to utter with or as if with a loud, piercing cry:His patience exhausted, he screamed the instructions to the class.
to bring (oneself) to a specified condition by loud and shrill shouts or cries: We screamed ourselves hoarse at the concert.
a loud, sharp, piercing cry: Her scream frightened off the burglar.
a shrill, piercing sound: the scream of the tires as the car rounded the curve.
Informal. someone or something that is hilariously funny: The movie was a scream.
- out·scream, verb (used with object)
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How to use scream in a sentence
Whenever she scored a point, she’d emit a victory scream, probably feeling a rush of pleasure.Why Your Sleeping Brain Replays New Rewarding Experiences - Facts So Romantic | Jim Davies | August 6, 2021 | Nautilus
Then Fanone began to scream the high-pitched, undignified screams of a man being tased in the back of the neck.
Some are capable of detecting human screams, some can remain airborne for at 24 hours, while some can roll across the ground and take flight.This feature-packed drone lets you view real-time images in stunning HD quality | Quinn Gawronski | July 23, 2021 | Popular-Science
Rescue workers have reason to be interested in the drone that hunts for screams.This drone can detect human screams. What could go wrong? | Rob Verger | June 23, 2021 | Popular-Science
So I think we have to be ready to tolerate and remain firm in the face of these screams of outrage about high marginal tax rates and just insist that, listen, we are the citizens in this country.Taxing digital advertising could help break up big tech | MIT Technology Review Insights | June 14, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
People scream, the orchestra stops playing, and the stage manager whisks the diva into the wings.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Available at Amazon Vince Camuto Moto Baseball Cap, $34 Baseball caps may be useful on the road, but they scream “tourist!”The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Anthony Bourdain in Your Life | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
De la Renta was a confident thoroughbred, never needing to scream for attention.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82 | Tim Teeman | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sadly, no one helps him, opting instead to scream and run—but can you blame them?Breakdancing Brad Pitt, Chainsaw Massacre Prank, and More Viral Videos | The Daily Beast Video | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A whimpering, half-growl and curdled scream, a cornered-animal cry of a sound.The ‘Hunted’ Gays of Putin’s Russia: Vicious Vigilantes and State Bigotry Close Up | Tim Teeman | October 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Miss Christabel blushed furiously and emitted a sound half between a laugh and a scream.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
"Now, you say you heard your sister scream," said the lawyer after the usual formalities had passed.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Now Mrs. Glavis, do you recall having ever heard your sister scream before in a like manner?The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
And suddenly Hicks jerked up his knees and heaved himself bodily aside with a scream of fear.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Here on the bridge he paused and turned in a frenzy to scream to his followers that they should fetch more torches.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for scream
to utter or emit (a sharp piercing cry or similar sound or sounds), esp as of fear, pain, etc
(intr) to laugh wildly
(intr) to speak, shout, or behave in a wild or impassioned manner
(tr) to bring (oneself) into a specified state by screaming: she screamed herself hoarse
(intr) to be extremely conspicuous: these orange curtains scream, you need more restful colours in a bedroom
a sharp piercing cry or sound, esp one denoting fear or pain
informal a person or thing that causes great amusement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012