adjective, shrill·er, shrill·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of shrill
Examples from the Web for shriller
His voice is now shriller, the sobbing more pathetic, and the words begin to garble as he swallows water.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For her mother's and grandmother's voices rose up shrill and shriller, demanding what at all hijjis gazabo she'd got on her.Strangers at Lisconnel|Barlow Jane
The rattle sounded sharper, shriller, more vibrant in the ears of the rousing sleeper.Out of the Depths|Robert Ames Bennet
And with every step of the ascent the wind still blew the shriller, and the trees bent before the gusts like fishing-rods.The Black Arrow|Robert Louis Stevenson
Word Origin for shrill
late 14c., schrylle "high-pitched, piercing" (of the voice), probably related to Old English scralletan "to sound loudly" and of imitative origin (cf. Low German schrell, German schrill "piercing, shrill"). Related: Shrillness; shrilly (adv.).
"to sound shrilly," c.1300, imitative (see shrill (adj.). Related: Shrilled; shrilling.