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
Presumably there will be a great deal of jumping up and down excitedly and shrieking delightedly.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Kevin Fallon | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
And so on and so forth, with the ominous subtext fairly shrieking over the pleasant and heartwarming text.
The fleshy woman climbed into the tonneau and held the still shrieking girl.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
The shrieking trade-winds and the dense white fogs were hibernating somewhere out in the Pacific.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Shrieking inarticulate anathema, he rushed downstairs, the man in the green baize apron following at his heels.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
From further back, through an open doorway, a girl's voice was shrieking for the police over the phone.
The distant puffing of fire engines, the shrieking of river sirens, accentuate my loneliness.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
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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