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screeching

[skree-ching] /ˈskri tʃɪŋ/
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
1610-1620
1610-20; screech + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
screechingly, adverb

screech

[skreech] /skritʃ/
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
Related forms
screecher, noun
Synonyms
1. See scream.
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Examples from the web for screeching
  • 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.
  • They are vocal animals-though seldom seen, they are often heard screeching and barking in the tropical forest canopy.
  • The ramp closed with a loud screeching sound, encasing us in semi-darkness.
  • One of his favorite metaphors for interactionism concerns a car making a screeching noise.
  • screeching through an open-air market, the taxi finally shook our pursuers.
  • The tape includes loud music the workers listen to, the screeching of the birds and the sound of each hitting the wall.
  • For weeks they flew around in zigzag patterns, flapping and screeching in despair.
British Dictionary definitions for screeching

screech1

/skriːtʃ/
noun
1.
a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched sound or cry
verb
2.
to utter with or produce a screech
Derived Forms
screecher, noun
Word Origin
C16: variant of earlier scritch, of imitative origin

screech2

/skriːtʃ/
noun (Canadian)
1.
(esp in Newfoundland) a dark rum
Word Origin
perhaps special use of screech1
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Word Origin and History for screeching

screech

v.

1570s, alteration of scritch (mid-13c., schrichen), possibly of imitative origin (cf. shriek). Related: Screeched; screeching. Screech-owl is attested from 1590s (scritch-owl is from 1520s).

n.

1550s, from screech (v.). Earlier scritch (1510s).

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Slang definitions & phrases for screeching

screech

noun

Inferior whiskey; PANTHER PISS (1902+), rotgut


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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