[ strij-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈstrɪdʒ əˌleɪt /

verb (used without object), strid·u·lat·ed, strid·u·lat·ing.

to produce a shrill, grating sound, as a cricket does, by rubbing together certain parts of the body; shrill.

Origin of stridulate

1830–40; back formation from stridulation. See stridulous, -ate1, -ion

Related forms

strid·u·la·tion, nounstrid·u·la·to·ry [strij-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈstrɪdʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·strid·u·lat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stridulate


/ (ˈstrɪdjʊˌleɪt) /


(intr) (of insects such as the cricket) to produce sounds by rubbing one part of the body against another

Derived Forms

stridulation, nounstridulator, nounstridulatory (ˈstrɪdjʊˌleɪtərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for stridulate

C19: back formation from stridulation, from Latin strīdulus creaking, hissing, from strīdēre to make a harsh noise
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