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scream

[ skreem ]
/ skrim /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to utter with or as if with a scream or screams.
to make by screaming: to scream oneself hoarse.
noun
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Origin of scream

First recorded in 1150–1200; 1905–10 for def. 11; Middle English screamen (verb), (unattested) Old English scrǣman; akin to Old Norse skraumi “chatterbox, braggart,” skruma “to jabber”; sc- (for regular sh- as in Middle English shreame) from obsolete scritch “to screech” (see screech

synonym study for scream

1. Scream, shriek, screech apply to crying out in a loud, piercing way. To scream is to utter a loud, piercing cry, especially of pain, fear, anger, or excitement: to scream with terror. The word is used also for a little, barely audible cry given by one who is startled. Shriek usually refers to a sharper and briefer cry than scream; when caused by fear or pain, it is often indicative of more terror or distress; shriek is also used for shrill uncontrolled cries: to shriek with laughter. Screech emphasizes disagreeable shrillness and harshness, often with a connotation of lack of dignity: to screech approval at a rock concert.

OTHER WORDS FROM scream

outscream, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for scream

scream
/ (skriːm) /

verb
noun
a sharp piercing cry or sound, esp one denoting fear or pain
informal a person or thing that causes great amusement

Word Origin for scream

C13: from Germanic; compare Middle Dutch schreem, West Frisian skrieme to weep
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