- The definition of a scream is a loud and high-pitched cry, or a something or someone who is very funny.
- A loud cry of fear from someone on a rollar coaster is an example of a scream.
- A very funny movie is an example of a scream.
- To scream is to make a loud, piercing cry or to shout something very loudly, often to call attention to or express anger or some other emotion.
- When you are horrified at seeing a ghost and you let out a loud and high-pitched cry, this cry is an example of a time when you scream.
- When you are really mad about an injustice done to you and you make loud objections, this is an example of a time when you scream your objections.
- When you are in an argument and shouting loudly, this is an example of a time when you scream at the person with whom you are arguing.
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- to utter a shrill, loud, piercing cry in fright, pain, etc.
- to make or move with a shrill, piercing sound
- to laugh loudly or hysterically
- to have a startling effect; leave a vivid impression
- to shout or yell in anger, hysteria, etc.
Origin: Middle English screamen, akin to Flemish schreemen, to scream, German schrei, a cry from Indo-European an unverified form skerei- from echoic base an unverified form (s)ker- from source shriek, raven, ring
- to utter with or as with a scream or screams
- to bring into a specified state by screaming: to scream oneself hoarse
- a sharp, piercing cry; shriek
- any shrill, piercing sound
- Informal a person or thing considered hilariously funny
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verb screamed, scream·ing, screams verb, intransitive
- To utter a long loud piercing cry, as from pain or fear.
- To make a loud piercing sound: Jet planes screamed through the air.
- To speak or write in a heated hysterical manner.
- To have or produce a startling effect: The outlandish costume screamed with clashing colors.
- A long, loud, piercing cry or sound.
- Informal One that is hilariously or ridiculously funny: The new play was a scream.
Origin: Middle English screamen, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse scrǽma.
- screamˈing·ly adverb