[ shreek ]
/ ʃrik /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to utter in a shriek: to shriek defiance.

Origin of shriek

1560–70; earlier shrick, N variant of shritch (now dial.), Middle English schrichen, back formation from Old English scriccettan; akin to shrike

Related forms

shriek·er, nounshriek·ing·ly, adverbshriek·y, adjectiveout·shriek, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shriek


/ (ʃriːk) /


a shrill and piercing cry


to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone

Derived Forms

shrieker, noun

Word Origin for shriek

C16: probably from Old Norse skrækja to screech 1
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