adjective, shrill·er, shrill·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of shrill
Related formsshrill·ness, nounshril·ly, adverbout·shrill, verb (used with object)un·shrill, adjective
Examples from the Web for shrill
Behind a chorus of shrill insects, the pops of gunfire can sometimes be heard in the distance.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“When I was doing press for Whitney, critics were commenting on my appearance, saying I was shrill, saying I was needy,” she says.
We're so used to seeing in sitcoms the same relationship: the naggy, shrill wife who's constantly bickering with her husband.‘Surviving Jack’ Star Rachael Harris Is No Longer ‘The Bitch'|Kevin Fallon|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The noise in the stadium grew for every point he won, but the points he lost were greeted with shrill, desperate screams.
Her voice was shrill with disbelief and choked with grief as she spoke to someone on her cell phone in Fujianese.Brooklyn Mother, Four Children Allegedly Slain by Jealous Cousin|Michael Daly|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His voice was shrill and high; he agitated his hands in their fine, tied sleeves. 'The Fifth Queen Crowned|Ford Madox Ford
The child could only control the animal with his shrill little voice, but the horse was afraid of Joby Toby.The Firm of Nucingen|Honore de Balzac
The shrill speaker of a moment before had softened suddenly.The Best Short Stories of 1917|Various
As they bent over his dead body, a shrill scream rose on the air.B. C. 30,000|Sterner St. Paul Meek
"I'll have him arrested to-morrow," burst out Mr. Hand, his voice quavering and shrill with anger.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage|Charles G. D. Roberts