Origin of shriekMiddle English schriken, variant, variety of scriken, probably from Old Norse an unverified form skr?ka, to cry, akin to skr?kja, cry of birds: for Indo-European base see scream
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.
- 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 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").
- Your little girl and all of her friends will shriek in delight!
- These are Shriek and Morbius, the Living Vampire.
- The child may burst into tears if an unknown person makes eye contact or shriek if left even momentarily in the care of an unfamiliar person.
- A cry of pain has a distinctive pattern, beginning with a single shriek followed by a short silence and then continuous loud wailing.
- Sandhill cranes have a cry similar to the shriek reported in the Mothman sightings.