[ skree-ching ]
/ ˈskri tʃɪŋ /


causing or uttering screeches: screeching bats.
characteristic of screeches; harshly shrill: a screeching tone.


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

Origin of screeching

First recorded in 1610–20; screech + -ing2, -ing1

Related forms

screech·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for screeching (2 of 2)


[ skreech ]
/ skritʃ /

verb (used without object)

to utter or make a harsh, shrill cry or sound: The child screeched hysterically. The brakes screeched.

verb (used with object)

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

1550–60; variant of obsolete scritch to scream; akin to screak

Related forms

screech·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for screeching (1 of 2)


/ (skriːtʃ) /


a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched sound or cry


to utter with or produce a screech

Derived Forms

screecher, noun

Word Origin for screech

C16: variant of earlier scritch, of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for screeching (2 of 2)


/ (skriːtʃ) /

noun Canadian

(esp in Newfoundland) a dark rum

Word Origin for screech

perhaps special use of screech 1
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