adjective, shrill·er, shrill·est.
verb (used with or without object)
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Origin of shrill
OTHER WORDS FROM shrillshrillness, nounshrilly, adverboutshrill, verb (used with object)un·shrill, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for shrill
Unfortunately, the right’s shrill complaints about cancel culture obscure this far more present and complex problem.Did Facebook ‘cancel Abe Lincoln’? The truth is complicated — and alarming.|Ron Charles|March 4, 2021|Washington Post
Hearing them without describing them as shrill or hysterical has proved to be a separate, but equally daunting, task.
Memes have moved on from kitsch and community-forming to shrill and preachy.Thank You for the 7 PM Clapping, But Camaraderie Is Needed More Than Ever - Facts So Romantic|Ayala Danzig|October 5, 2020|Nautilus
In the city, where the songbirds have to compete with cars, barking dogs, and construction, their calls were louder and more shrill.Bird songs got sexier during the COVID-19 shutdown|Ula Chrobak|September 24, 2020|Popular Science
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
Robert uttered a shrill, piercing whistle which might have been heard back at the wharf.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
"God bless 'ee, Missy," cried the old man in the shrill cracked voice of age, as he pressed up to the carriage window.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
"Come in," said a Cockney voice shrill with youth, in answer to her tap; and the child obeyed.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
"I shall feed no Yankees," cried a shrill voice, and a young lady flounced out of the door, her face red with anger.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
As they came trooping in, and tumbled into their seats, Letty Barford called out, in a shrill voice.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie