- 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 scream or screams.
- to make by screaming: to scream oneself hoarse.
- 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.
Origin of scream
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Examples from the Web for screamed
And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
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The look was subtle, sweet and screamed “au natural”—even though she paid $75 for the topper.Flower Crowns Are Phony and Must Die
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In another, a woman swore at the reclining passenger in front of her and screamed for the pilot to “put this plane down.”Solution to Seat Rage: No More Reclining
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I spent a lot of time inside that shelter with Hannah, while the rest of her crew ran, and screamed, and died.When Fiery Fact Imitates Fiction: A Deadly Arizona Fire Mirrored One Writer’s Novel
June 9, 2014
During a Patroons playoff game, Richardson had screamed profanities and a gay slur at hecklers.Mark Cuban Warns That Basketball Players Could Get the Sterling Treatment Next
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Madame Gurard screamed when she saw these new guests arrive.
I had, of course, a very bad stomach-ache, and screamed out in pain.
He blew the whistle shrilly, then folded it back and screamed down.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
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He screamed and kicked over the chair his foot was balanced on.The Second Voice
She screamed slightly, and sunk back in the carriage as pale as marble.
- 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
- a sharp piercing cry or sound, esp one denoting fear or pain
- informal a person or thing that causes great amusement
Word Origin and History for screamed
late 12c., scræmen, of uncertain origin, similar to words in Scandinavian, Dutch, German, and Flemish (cf. Old Norse skræma "to terrify, scare," Swedish scrana "to scream," Dutch schreijen "cry aloud, shriek," Old High German scrian, German schreien "to cry"). Related: Screamed; screaming. Screaming meemies is World War I army slang, originally a soldiers' name for a type of German artillery shell that made a loud noise in flight (from French woman's name Mimi), extended to the battle fatigue caused by long exposure to enemy fire.
mid-15c., from scream (v.).
And (as they say) lamentings heard i' th' Ayre; Strange Schreemes of Death. ["Macbeth," II.iii.61]
Shakespeare's spelling probably reflects "sk-" as spelled in words from Latin (e.g. school); he also has schreene for screen. Slang meaning "something that evokes a cry of laughter" is 1888; screamer in this sense is from 1831.