- The definition of a screech is a high-pitched yell or noise.
An example of a screech is the sound a barn owl makes.
- Screech is defined as to make a high-pitched yelling sound.
An example of screech is a bird making a loud piercing sound.
A bird screeches.
Origin of screechMiddle English scrichen ; from Old Norse skraekja: for Indo-European base see scream
- A high-pitched, strident cry.
- A sound suggestive of this cry: the screech of train brakes.
verbscreeched, screech·ing, screech·es
- To cry out in a high-pitched, strident voice.
- To make a sound suggestive of a screech: Tires screeched on the wet pavement.
Origin of screechAlteration of obsolete scrich, from Middle English scrichen, to screech, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skrækja.
(countable and uncountable, plural screeches)
(third-person singular simple present screeches, present participle screeching, simple past and past participle screeched)
- To make such a sound.
- (intransitive, figuratively) to travel very fast, as if making the sounds of brakes being released
- creches, crèches