shriek

[ shreek ]
/ ʃrik /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to utter in a shriek: to shriek defiance.

Nearby words

  1. shrewish,
  2. shrewishly,
  3. shrewmouse,
  4. shrewsbury,
  5. shri,
  6. shrieval,
  7. shrievalty,
  8. shrieve,
  9. shrift,
  10. shrike

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 formsshriek·er, nounshriek·ing·ly, adverbshriek·y, adjectiveout·shriek, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for shriek

shriek

/ (ʃriːk) /

noun

a shrill and piercing cry

verb

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

Word Origin for shriek

C16: probably from Old Norse skrækja to screech 1

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