verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of shriek
Examples from the Web for shriek
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
They will shriek and giggle, half-scared and half-delighted, when their father pretends to be a monster that will eat them up.The Science of Weepies: Why We Love Crying at the Movies|Elizabeth Picciuto|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Figureheads for Frankenstein, they need only shriek themselves blue and their will, will be done.Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others
He came to his door and beat his shoulders against it, for that shriek sent a horrible chill through him.With Wellington in Spain|F. S. Brereton
It made no resistance; I felt not even the slightest struggle; but now my brother began to scream and shriek like one possessed.Lavengro|George Borrow
Then he flung a second decanter, and sank down once more with a shriek.The Chequers|James Runciman
The lost man gave a shriek of joy; so prone are we to interpret things hopefully.A Simpleton|Charles Reade
Word Origin for shriek
16c. variant of scrycke (c.1200), from Old Norse skrækja "to screech" (see screech), probably of imitative origin. Related: Shrieked; shrieking. The noun is attested from 1580s, from the verb.