verb (used without object)
- to utter a loud, sharp, piercing cry.
- to emit a shrill, piercing sound: The sirens and whistles screamed.
- to laugh immoderately or uncontrollably: The comedian had the audience screaming.
- to shout or speak shrilly, especially with harsh or exaggerated words: They screamed across the back fence.
- to play or sing in a high, loud, harsh manner.
- to be conspicuous or startling: That red dress really screams.
verb (used with object)
- to utter with or as if with a scream or screams.
- to make by screaming: to scream oneself hoarse.
- a loud, sharp, piercing cry: Her scream frightened off the burglar.
- a shrill, piercing sound: the scream of the tires as the car rounded the curve.
- Informal. someone or something that is hilariously funny: The movie was a scream.
- to utter or emit (a sharp piercing cry or similar sound or sounds), esp as of fear, pain, etc
- (intr) to laugh wildly
- (intr) to speak, shout, or behave in a wild or impassioned manner
- (tr) to bring (oneself) into a specified state by screamingshe screamed herself hoarse
- (intr) to be extremely conspicuousthese orange curtains scream, you need more restful colours in a bedroom
- a sharp piercing cry or sound, esp one denoting fear or pain
- informal a person or thing that causes great amusement
v.late 12c., scræmen, of uncertain origin, similar to words in Scandinavian, Dutch, German, and Flemish (cf. Old Norse skræma “to terrify, scare,” Swedish scrana “to scream,” Dutch schreijen “cry aloud, shriek,” Old High German scrian, German schreien “to cry”). Related: Screamed; screaming. Screaming meemies is World War I army slang, originally a soldiers’ name for a type of German artillery shell that made a loud noise in flight (from French woman’s name Mimi), extended to the battle fatigue caused by long exposure to enemy fire. n.mid-15c., from scream (v.). And (as they say) lamentings heard i’ th’ Ayre; Strange Schreemes of Death. [“Macbeth,” II.iii.61] Shakespeare’s spelling probably reflects “sk-” as spelled in words from Latin (e.g. school); he also has schreene for screen. Slang meaning “something that evokes a cry of laughter” is 1888; screamer in this sense is from 1831.