shriek

[ shreek ]
/ ʃrik /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to utter in a shriek: to shriek defiance.

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Origin of shriek

First recorded in 1560–70; earlier shrick, northern variant of shritch (now dialect), Middle English schrichen, back formation from Old English scriccettan; akin to shrike

synonym study for shriek

5. See scream.

OTHER WORDS FROM shriek

shrieker, nounshriek·ing·ly, adverbshrieky, adjectiveoutshriek, 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 forms of shriek

shrieker, noun

Word Origin for shriek

C16: probably from Old Norse skrækja to screech 1
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