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Origin of shrill

1300–50; Middle English shrille (adj., v.); akin to Old English scrallettan to sound loudly; cognate with German schrill (adj.), schrillen (v.); compare Old Norse skrīll rabble

OTHER WORDS FROM shrill

shrillness, nounshrilly, adverboutshrill, verb (used with object)un·shrill, adjective
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How to use shrill in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shrill

shrill
/ (ʃrɪl) /

adjective
sharp and high-pitched in quality
emitting a sharp high-pitched sound
verb
to utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill tone
(tr) rare to cause to produce a shrill sound

Derived forms of shrill

shrillness, nounshrilly, adverb

Word Origin for shrill

C14: probably from Old English scralletan; related to German schrill shrill, Dutch schrallen to shriek
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