[ strahyd-nt ]
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  1. making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges.

  2. having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.

  1. 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

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

Other words from strident

  • stridence, stri·den·cy, noun
  • stri·dent·ly, adverb
  • non·stri·dent, adjective
  • o·ver·stri·dence, noun
  • o·ver·stri·den·cy, noun
  • o·ver·stri·dent, adjective
  • o·ver·stri·dent·ly, adverb
  • un·stri·dent, adjective
  • un·stri·dent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use strident in a sentence

  • Campbell had selected a table near the back curtain, and now stridently ordered one of the Malay waiters to bring gin.

    The Door into Infinity | Edmond Hamilton
  • A gong, beaten by the owner of the Bird Cage, rang out stridently into the quiet night to rally sleeping citizens.

    Oh, You Tex! | William Macleod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for strident


/ (ˈstraɪdənt) /

  1. (of a shout, voice, etc) having or making a loud or harsh sound

  2. urgent, clamorous, or vociferous: strident demands

Origin of strident

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

Derived forms of strident

  • stridence or stridency, noun
  • stridently, adverb

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