screecher

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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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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