screeching

[skree-ching]
adjective
1.
causing or uttering screeches: screeching bats.
2.
characteristic of screeches; harshly shrill: a screeching tone.
noun
3.
the act or sound of a person or thing that screeches.

Origin:
1610–20; screech + -ing2, -ing1

screechingly, adverb
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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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Slang Dictionary

screeching (drunk) definition


  1. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated; very drunk. : How can anybody be so screeching drunk on four beers?
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Example sentences
Scores of gulls hover above, screeching in excitement, then swoop down to
  gobble up any leftovers.
But something tells me that nations would not come screeching to a standstill
  without them.
Screeching vervet monkeys often spotted her far from the den.
Emerging into the sunlight from her den, she seemed curious and bold, taking no
  notice of screeching squirrels.
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