The definition of a shriek is a high-pitched scream or cry often made when angry, scared or in pain.noun
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.verb
When you start yelling and screaming, this is an example of a time when you shriek.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: ME schriken, var. of scriken, prob. < ON *skrīka, to cry, akin to skrīkja, cry of birds: for IE base see scream
- shrieker noun
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- A shrill, often frantic cry.
- A sound suggestive of such a cry.
- To utter a shriek.
- To make a sound similar to a shriek.
Origin: Middle English skriken, shriken, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skrǽkja.
- shriekˈer noun