- high-pitched and piercing in sound quality: a shrill cry.
- producing such a sound.
- full of or characterized by such a sound: shrill music.
- betraying some strong emotion or attitude in an exaggerated amount, as antagonism or defensiveness.
- marked by great intensity; keen: the shrill, incandescent light of the exploding bomb.
- to cry shrilly.
- a shrill sound.
- in a shrill manner; shrilly.
Origin of shrill
Examples from the Web for shrilling
"I've really had a wonderful time," the lavender stocking was shrilling.Erik Dorn
Their shrilling noise is occasioned by a brisk attrition of their wings.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2
It was the shrilling of a police whistle far off down the Embankment.Cleek, the Master Detective
Thomas W. Hanshew
It is brave as voices of the shrilling winds and warmer, viriler.I, Mary MacLane
He had not run five yards when a chorus of whistles was shrilling.The Lord of the Sea
M. P. Shiel
- sharp and high-pitched in quality
- emitting a sharp high-pitched sound
- to utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill tone
- (tr) rare to cause to produce a shrill sound
Word Origin and History for shrilling
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.