adjective, shrill·er, shrill·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of shrill
Examples from the Web for shrillest
Historical Examples of shrillest
The anguish of her whisper was more piercing than the shrillest cry.An Outcast of the Islands
The one that has the shrillest voice and can scream the loudest is most successful.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
But the shrillest cries of all came from the third class of complainants.The King's Cup-Bearer
Amy Catherine Walton
Sara saw him coming and screamed her shrillest and savagest at him.Michael, Brother of Jerry
Ronnie was waving his little hat and shouting the shrillest of cheers, and Mrs. Trevellyan was clapping her best.The School by the Sea
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.