shriek


shriek

shriek [shreek] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for shriek on Thesaurus.com 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)

  1. to utter a loud, sharp, shrill cry, as birds.
  2. to cry out sharply in a high voice: to shriek with pain.
  3. to utter loud, high-pitched sounds in laughing.
  4. (of a musical instrument, a whistle, the wind, etc.) to give forth a loud, shrill sound.

verb (used with object)

  1. to utter in a shriek: to shriek defiance.

Origin of shriek 1560–70; earlier shrick, N variant of shritch (now dial.), Middle English schrichen, back formation from Old English scriccettan; akin to shrike Related formsshriek·er, nounshriek·ing·ly, adverbshriek·y, adjectiveout·shriek, verb (used with object)Synonyms for shriek See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 1, 5. scream, screech. 5. See scream. Related Words for shriek squawk, wail, screech, whoop, howl, squeal, yell, cry, shrill, shout, blare Examples from the Web for shriek Contemporary Examples of shriek

  • Students moan and growl and shriek and yawp, as if exorcising demons in a ritualistic ceremony.

    How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze

    Lizzie Crocker

    January 9, 2015

  • A shriek of glee briefly broke out across the Web as inquiring minds tried to deduce who was the lucky lady.

    My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star

    Emily Shire

    November 12, 2014

  • Even her brother, Sheriff, who tried to pick her up to cuddle her, was pushed away with a firm “no” and a shriek.

    The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

    Sarah Crowe

    November 5, 2014

  • For all its performance art and immersive theater foundation, the show also has its own shriek moments.

    Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights

    Tim Teeman

    October 7, 2014

  • They will shriek and giggle, half-scared and half-delighted, when their father pretends to be a monster that will eat them up.

    The Science of Weepies: Why We Love Crying at the Movies

    Elizabeth Picciuto

    June 4, 2014

  • Historical Examples of shriek

  • It was rather a frightful place to go into in search of the source of a shriek.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Through the cold and darkness came a shriek that chilled her with horror.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Yet, in the intensity of her utterance, the feeble whisper struck like a shriek of horror.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • By degrees her voice had lost its cooing tone and had risen to a shriek.

    The Bacillus of Beauty

    Harriet Stark

  • At this juncture the brakes began to shriek and grind upon the wheels.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • British Dictionary definitions for shriek shriek noun

    1. a shrill and piercing cry

    verb

    1. to produce or utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill piercing tone

    Derived Formsshrieker, nounWord Origin for shriek C16: probably from Old Norse skrækja to screech 1 Word Origin and History for 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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