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
The train screeched and rocked and reeled, and the engineer let loose with the
  horn.
But while the tabloids screeched about her decadent image and damaged career,
  the fashion elite rallied to her defense.
They gently chuckled at my conceit while the drag on their spinning reels
  screeched.
Many were enamored with the lodge's two dogs, while others screeched as the
  good-natured mastiffs lumbered up.
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