[ skree-ming ]
/ ˈskri mɪŋ /


uttering screams.
boldly striking or startling: screaming colors; screaming headlines.
causing hilarious laughter; extremely funny: a screaming farce.


the act or sound of a person or thing that screams.

Nearby words

  1. scream,
  2. scream bloody murder,
  3. scream therapy,
  4. scream, the,
  5. screamer,
  6. screaming-meemies,
  7. screamingly,
  8. screamo,
  9. scree,
  10. screech

Origin of screaming

1350–1400; Middle English (gerund); see scream, -ing2, -ing1

Related formsscream·ing·ly, adverb


[ skreem ]
/ skrim /

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.


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

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for screaming


/ (skriːm) /



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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