scream

[skreem]

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


Nearby words

  1. scrawler,
  2. scrawly,
  3. scrawny,
  4. scrawp,
  5. screak,
  6. scream bloody murder,
  7. scream therapy,
  8. scream, the,
  9. screamer,
  10. screaming

Origin of scream

1150–1200; 1905–10 for def 11; Middle English screamen (v.), 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

SYNONYMS 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. 9. outcry, shriek, screech, screak.

Related formsout·scream, verb (used with object)

Scream, The

noun

a painting (1937) by Edvard Munch.
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British Dictionary definitions for scream

scream

verb

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 screamingshe screamed herself hoarse
(intr) to be extremely conspicuousthese orange curtains scream, you need more restful colours in a bedroom

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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Word Origin and History for scream
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