A woman shrieking.
- The definition of a shriek is a high-pitched scream or cry often made when angry, scared or in pain.
The high-pitched sound you make when you see a ghost is an example of a shriek.
- To shriek is to make a high-pitched sound, often out of fear, anger or pain.
When you start yelling and screaming, this is an example of a time when you shriek.
Origin of shriekMiddle English schriken, variant, variety of scriken, probably ; from Old Norse an unverified form skrīka, to cry, akin to skrīkja, cry of birds: for Indo-European base see scream
- A shrill, often frantic cry.
- A sound suggestive of such a cry.
verbshrieked, shriek·ing, shrieks
- To utter a shriek.
- To make a sound similar to a shriek.
Origin of shriekMiddle English skriken, shriken, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skrækja.
(third-person singular simple present shrieks, present participle shrieking, simple past and past participle shrieked or shright (obsolete))
From Middle English scrycke, probably from Old Norse skrÃ¦kja, itself probably of imitative origin. Cognate to Swedish skrika (skrik), German schreien (Schrei), both with the same meaning, and Albanian grykÃ« (“throat").