adjective, shrill·er, shrill·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of shrill
Related Words for shrillyacute, high-pitched, loud, malodorous, penetrating, piercing, piping, putrid, rancid, rank, sharp, shrieky, shrill, smelly, soprano, strident, treble, reeking
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
This said, Abellino placed a whistle at his lips, and blew it shrilly.The Bravo of Venice
Shrilly the whistle sounded at the lips of the petty officer.Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers
H. Irving Hancock
It blew the snow from the cracks and whistled through them shrilly.The Biography of a Prairie Girl
But to-day he whistled falsely and shrilly between his teeth.Urban Sketches
"I don't like," called out Alice shrilly, going straight on.Mammon and Co.
E. F. Benson
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.