- making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges.
- having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.
- Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates.
Origin of strident
Examples from the Web for stridency
But the stridency of these novels is not the most complex or surprising shift in contemporary recession literature.Literary Gold in Hard Times
November 4, 2011
He moved on to the Praca, where the stridency of the music still persisted.
The contempt of the second speaker was only surpassed by the stridency of his voice.Ralestone Luck
Its stridency and the tang of fresh sawdust strike sharp across the air fragrant with fern.The Joys of Being a Woman
Jesse's wretched gun slammed again, a different sound, a spattering clang, followed by the stridency of Jesse cursing and weeping.Wilderness of Spring
As a rule this subject moves the Dean to stridency; but the heavy magnificence of Castle Affey crushed him into a kind of whisper.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
- (of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
- urgent, clamorous, or vociferousstrident demands
Word Origin and History for stridency
1650s, from French strident, from Latin stridentem (nominative stridens), present participle of stridere "utter an inarticulate sound, grate, screech," possibly of imitative origin. Related: Stridently.