- to utter or make a harsh, shrill cry or sound: The child screeched hysterically. The brakes screeched.
- to utter with a screech: She screeched her warning.
- a harsh, shrill cry or sound: an owl's screech; the screech of brakes.
Origin of screech
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Examples from the Web for screeched
Behind them, in the far east corner of the square, large armored vans skidded and screeched their way out.The Violent Scene at Cairo's Tahrir Square
January 29, 2011
Although arrests would not come for another week, the investigation had screeched to a halt.Did the NYPD Botch Terror Probe?
September 22, 2009
He evaded the friendly hand and screeched in a high-pitched voice.The Velvet Glove
Mabel screeched through her teeth, "Baby's got it, the monster's got it, now baby's got it!"Sorry: Wrong Dimension
She screeched a little and grabbed at the needle-prick with her fingernails.Vigorish
Gordon Randall Garrett
I could a screeched as loud as any of them if that would a done any good.The Hunters' Feast
“Not haar me, by thunder,” screeched the other, raising his voice.The Island Treasure
John Conroy Hutcheson
- a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched sound or cry
- to utter with or produce a screech
- (esp in Newfoundland) a dark rum
Word Origin and History for screeched
1570s, alteration of scritch (mid-13c., schrichen), possibly of imitative origin (cf. shriek). Related: Screeched; screeching. Screech-owl is attested from 1590s (scritch-owl is from 1520s).
1550s, from screech (v.). Earlier scritch (1510s).