a loud, sharp, shrill cry.
a loud, high sound of laughter.
any loud, shrill sound, as of a whistle.
to utter a loud, sharp, shrill cry, as birds.
to cry out sharply in a high voice: to shriek with pain.
to utter loud, high-pitched sounds in laughing.
(of a musical instrument, a whistle, the wind, etc.) to give forth a loud, shrill sound.
to utter in a shriek: to shriek defiance.
- shrieker, noun
- shriek·ing·ly, adverb
- shrieky, adjective
- outshriek, verb (used with object)
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How to use shriek in a sentence
Shrieks of wintering birds assault the vessel’s five crew members, all clad in bright orange flotation suits.Electrical bacteria may help clean oil spills and curb methane emissions | Nikk Ogasa | July 29, 2022 | Science News
Particularly striking was a harsh sound that changed pitch quickly and unpredictably—qualities also heard in the alarm shrieks, fear screams, and panic calls of mammals and birds.These honeybees have a surprisingly fierce battle cry | Kate Baggaley | November 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
After a recent day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia, I can assure them that a piece of fabric does not muffle shrieks.Theme parks aim to keep visitors safe — and screaming | Andrea Sachs | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The night of the downpour we slept under a hardware-store tarp in a patch of skunkweed near the river, and I stayed awake listening to the wind in case it ramped up to that high shriek that means treetops are going to start snapping.
Students moan and growl and shriek and yawp, as if exorcising demons in a ritualistic ceremony.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze | Lizzie Crocker | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A shriek of glee briefly broke out across the Web as inquiring minds tried to deduce who was the lucky lady.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star | Emily Shire | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even her brother, Sheriff, who tried to pick her up to cuddle her, was pushed away with a firm “no” and a shriek.
For all its performance art and immersive theater foundation, the show also has its own shriek moments.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights | Tim Teeman | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One nurse pushed her hip alarm and the pulsing shriek rang out again.
As she peered into the face of Dr. Ashton, her own was scarlet and yellow, and her voice rose to a shriek.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
He was hurrying towards the corner of the palace grounds when a shriek from Winifred set his teeth on edge.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Now under the ivy-laden branches of a tall old tree an owl startles them with its shriek.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Then a moan, then a howl and a shriek arose which reached from group to group, from house to house, from square to forest.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
Above the uproar of the reeling earth the shriek of the train sounded in his deafened ears.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
British Dictionary definitions for shriek
a shrill and piercing cry
to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone
- shrieker, noun
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