screech

[skreech]
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter or make a harsh, shrill cry or sound: The child screeched hysterically. The brakes screeched.
verb (used with object)
2.
to utter with a screech: She screeched her warning.
noun
3.
a harsh, shrill cry or sound: an owl's screech; the screech of brakes.

Origin:
1550–60; variant of obsolete scritch to scream; akin to screak

screecher, noun


1. See scream.
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screech1 (skriːtʃ)
 
n
1.  a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched sound or cry
 
vb
2.  to utter with or produce a screech
 
[C16: variant of earlier scritch, of imitative origin]
 
'screecher1
 
n

screech2 (skriːtʃ)
 
n
(esp in Newfoundland) a dark rum
 
[perhaps special use of screech1]

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Word Origin & History

screech
mid-13c., schrichen, possibly of imitative origin (cf. shriek). The noun is first recorded 1550s. Screech owl is attested from 1590s (scritch-owl is from 1520s).
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Example sentences
Many athletes grunt, but these too screech or scream.
The screech was the kind that curls the teeth and curdles the blood.
Some editors would screech and yelp when they got excited about a manuscript.
Another will screech when a vehicle approaches too fast from the side.
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