strident

[strahyd-nt]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. stricturotomy,
  2. stridden,
  3. stride,
  4. stride piano,
  5. stridency,
  6. stridently,
  7. stridor,
  8. stridulate,
  9. stridulatory,
  10. stridulous

Origin of strident

1650–60; < Latin strīdent- (stem of strīdēns), present participle of strīdēre to make a harsh noise; see -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for strident

strident

adjective

(of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound
urgent, clamorous, or vociferousstrident demands
Derived Formsstridence or stridency, nounstridently, adverb

Word Origin for strident

C17: from Latin strīdēns, from strīdēre to make a grating sound

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Word Origin and History for strident

strident

adj.

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.

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