adjective, shrill·er, shrill·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of shrill
Examples from the Web for shrilly
Contemporary Examples of shrilly
Opposites attract, even when they come from different ethnic backgrounds, Rob seems to shrilly scream at the top of its lungs.CBS’s ‘Rob’ Is TV’s Worst New Show
January 11, 2012
Historical Examples of shrilly
Kenly's bugles rang out again, palpably alarmed, shrilly insistent.The Long Roll
"I don't like," called out Alice shrilly, going straight on.Mammon and Co.
E. F. Benson
He sits down before the refusal of his mother and shrilly besieges it.The Land of Contrasts
James Fullarton Muirhead
She did not hear the shrilly rejoinder that pursued her through the shut door.Guy Deverell, v. 1 of 2
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
On and on, at a deadly pace, he rode, and shrilly rang out his awful cry.The Johnstown Horror
James Herbert Walker
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.