shriek

[shreek]
noun
1.
a loud, sharp, shrill cry.
2.
a loud, high sound of laughter.
3.
any loud, shrill sound, as of a whistle.
verb (used without object)
4.
to utter a loud, sharp, shrill cry, as birds.
5.
to cry out sharply in a high voice: to shriek with pain.
6.
to utter loud, high-pitched sounds in laughing.
7.
(of a musical instrument, a whistle, the wind, etc.) to give forth a loud, shrill sound.
verb (used with object)
8.
to utter in a shriek: to shriek defiance.

Origin:
1560–70; earlier shrick, N variant of shritch (now dial.), Middle English schrichen, back formation from Old English scriccettan; akin to shrike

shrieker, noun
shriekingly, adverb
shrieky, adjective
outshriek, verb (used with object)


1, 5. scream, screech. 5. See scream.
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shriek (ʃriːk)
 
n
1.  a shrill and piercing cry
 
vb
2.  to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone
 
[C16: probably from Old Norse skrækja to screech1]
 
'shrieker
 
n

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shriek
c.1200, scrycke, from O.N. skrækja "to screech" (see screech), probably of imitative origin. The noun is attested from 1590.
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Example sentences
Language wasn't a problem, as the actors mainly snarled and shrieked.
Every part of the ship creaked, moaned and shrieked in the howling gale.
Every part of the ship creaked, moaned, and shrieked in the howling gale.
They raced each other to the tree house and shrieked every time they jumped in.
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