- 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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Related Words for shriekyacute, high-pitched, loud, malodorous, penetrating, piercing, piping, putrid, rancid, rank, sharp, shrill, shrilly, smelly, soprano, strident, treble, reeking
Examples from the Web for shrieky
Historical Examples of shrieky
All day we've heard the band with its drums and trombones and shrieky music.Evening Round Up
William Crosbie Hunter
Omnipotence of droning, edged with shrieky squealing, which fills the Universe, not at all in a melodious way.
From the depths of the gamut to the shrieky top again,—a droning that has something of porcine or wild-boar character.
- a shrill and piercing cry
- to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone
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.