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shriek

[shreek] /ʃrik/
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
1560-1570
1560-70; earlier shrick, N variant of shritch (now dial.), Middle English schrichen, back formation from Old English scriccettan; akin to shrike
Related forms
shrieker, noun
shriekingly, adverb
shrieky, adjective
outshriek, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1, 5. scream, screech. 5. See scream.
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Examples from the web for shrieks
  • The campers' happy shrieks echoed in the cedar trees.
  • One fact must be faced resolutely, in spite of the shrieks of the romantic.
  • Her status updates were bubbly shrieks of uppercase letters and exclamation points.
  • As soon as the sound is out of me, the gremlin shrieks and does its best to claw its way out of my hand.
  • My companions wore gas monitors, which immediately unleashed ear-splitting shrieks.
  • Down below, the crane shrieks, its arm dipping into the ship's hold to retrieve the various devices.
  • Neither are there shrieks in the night, flung daggers nor shadows on the wall.
  • And near the end, the film abandons comedy altogether, going for geysers of blood and constant shrieks.
  • One of these fights features strange calisthenics and unearthly shrieks.
  • Then war whoops, shrieks, and laughter and regather together as if any arms might ever really hold.
British Dictionary definitions for shrieks

shriek

/ʃriːk/
noun
1.
a shrill and piercing cry
verb
2.
to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone
Derived Forms
shrieker, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Norse skrækja to screech1
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Word Origin and History for shrieks

shriek

v.

16c. variant of scrycke (c.1200), from Old Norse skrækja "to screech" (see screech), probably of imitative origin. Related: Shrieked; shrieking. The noun is attested from 1580s, from the verb.

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Slang definitions & phrases for shrieks

shpritz

noun

A bit or touch; a dose: each a free-associational shpritz of surreal hi-de-ho

[1970s+; fr Yiddish, literally, ''a squirt'']


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