View synonyms for screeching


[ skree-ching ]


  1. causing or uttering screeches:

    screeching bats.

  2. characteristic of screeches; harshly shrill:

    a screeching tone.


  1. the act or sound of a person or thing that screeches.

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  • screeching·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of screeching1

First recorded in 1610–20; screech + -ing 2, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

The year 2020 brought the global economy to a screeching halt, but it proved to be an astonishingly good year for India’s richest billionaire.

From Quartz

The booming e-scooter business came to a screeching halt in mid-March as the coronavirus crisis picked up steam across the globe.

Even if doctors wanted to try a lung transplant on a Covid-19 patient, organ donation came to a screeching halt at the beginning of the US pandemic, and transplant rates plummeted across the board.

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Everything I had worked so hard to build in New York City as a media personality came to a screeching halt.

Not only did our own daily routines come to a screeching halt, for many of us our professional lives did as well.

From Digiday

Lindsey Graham can barely get ISIS out of his mouth before blowing his shpadoinkle and screeching "we may all get killed!"

The force that inspires defiant videos and top-of-their-lungs screeching tweens is, in fact, a media-shy 43-year old Swedish… man.

In his screeching desperation, it sounds far more like “You can tell her what I wanted to be.”

The progress Whitmire and the committee was making came to a screeching halt when George W. Bush became governor in 1995.

Given a screeching demagogue and an evenhanded, mild-mannered technocrat, people will always be more drawn to the former.

No screeching Indian was ever hit more fairly, surprised more suddenly, or extinguished more utterly.

The others danced sideways into the darkness, screeching, as though I had done them an injury.

I could hear the shells screeching through the air a second before they burst near where I lay.

Above the sound of the motor the screeching of the wounded bird still reached them faintly from the bottom of the cliff.

There seemed to be a great owl hooting from every hollow tree, and a little one screeching from every knothole.





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