shriek [shreek] SynonymsExamplesWord Originnoun
- a loud, sharp, shrill cry.
- a loud, high sound of laughter.
- any loud, shrill sound, as of a whistle.
verb (used without object)
- to utter a loud, sharp, shrill cry, as birds.
- to cry out sharply in a high voice: to shriek with pain.
- to utter loud, high-pitched sounds in laughing.
- (of a musical instrument, a whistle, the wind, etc.) to give forth a loud, shrill sound.
verb (used with object)
- 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 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.
January 9, 2015
A shriek of glee briefly broke out across the Web as inquiring minds tried to deduce who was the lucky lady.
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.
November 5, 2014
For all its performance art and immersive theater foundation, the show also has its own shriek moments.
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.
June 4, 2014
Historical Examples of shriek
It was rather a frightful place to go into in search of the source of a shriek.
Through the cold and darkness came a shriek that chilled her with horror.
Yet, in the intensity of her utterance, the feeble whisper struck like a shriek of horror.
By degrees her voice had lost its cooing tone and had risen to a shriek.
At this juncture the brakes began to shriek and grind upon the wheels.
Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for shriek shriek noun
- a shrill and piercing cry
- 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.