She is accused of being many unpleasant things: shrill, vindictive, self-promoting, and more.
Chelsea Handler's bawdy talk show is the perfect antidote to the boys' club of late night and the shrill biddies of daytime.
Her voice was shrill with disbelief and choked with grief as she spoke to someone on her cell phone in Fujianese.
When she was elected the first female prime minister, she was a shrill, shiny-faced, menopausal woman of 53.
We're so used to seeing in sitcoms the same relationship: the naggy, shrill wife who's constantly bickering with her husband.
She seemed about to speak and a shrill bell drowned her voice.
There was a sharp, shrill cry from the boy, and Dozier whirled on him.
And faintly, from far in the rear, came a babel of shrill calls—weird, inhuman!
So saying, he put his fingers to his lips and blew a shrill whistle.
Then he took his boat and went off to sea, though the waves were black and the wind whistling loud and shrill.
late 14c., schrylle "high-pitched, piercing" (of the voice), probably related to Old English scralletan "to sound loudly" and of imitative origin (cf. Low German schrell, German schrill "piercing, shrill"). Related: Shrillness; shrilly (adv.).
"to sound shrilly," c.1300, imitative (see shrill (adj.). Related: Shrilled; shrilling.