- 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.
Origin of shriek
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Examples from the Web for shrieking
Presumably there will be a great deal of jumping up and down excitedly and shrieking delightedly.Can Meredith Vieira Break the Daytime Curse?
September 4, 2014
Her shrieking voice is distinct from all other sounds that you have heard or will ever hear.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Remember when everyone was shrieking at each other like wild banshees with rabies on those early seasons of The Real World?In Praise of ‘Dating Naked’ and the Glorious Rise of Butts on Reality TV
July 17, 2014
As luck would have it, we avoided those arctic storms with shrieking winds.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed
Terry Greene Sterling
April 1, 2014
After allowing his lesser-known rapper friend, the shrieking Psycho Egyptian, to stall until he was ready, Blanco takes the stage.Don’t Call It Gay Rap: Le1f’s Transition From YouTube to the Main Stage
August 30, 2013
She fell to the floor in helpless, shrieking laughter when he came.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Shrieking and crashing, the vulture-forces of destruction sweep upon it.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Shrieking, I hurled free of him, and rolled over the tail-board on to the stubble.The Golden Age
His suffering limbs were, so to speak, shrieking for mercy but he would not give it to them.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
At the next moment the dog had leaped upon the man, and he was shrieking on the ground.The Christian
- a shrill and piercing cry
- to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone
Word Origin and History for shrieking
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.