Origin of screechMiddle English scrichen from Old Norse skraekja: for Indo-European base see scream
A bird screeches.
- 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 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 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, crÃ¨ches
- It was the piercing screech of a siren.
- The screech of metal on metal drove her to cover her ears as she moved farther away.
- The birds of prey include the red-shouldered, redtailed, broad-winged, Cooper's, sharp-shinned and sparrow hawk and the bald eagle; the great horned, barred, barn, snowy, shorteared and screech owls.
- The Texas screech-owl, the Texas woodpecker, and the road runner, or ground cuckoo, are found mostly in southern and south-western Texas.
- CHOUANS (a Bas-Breton word signifying screech-owls), the name applied to smugglers and dealers in contraband salt, who rose in insurrection in the west of France at the time of the Revolution and joined the royalists of La Vendee.