- The definition of shrill is someone or something that is loud and high-pitched, or that is loud and forceful.
An example of a sound that would be described as shrill is a high-pitched, loud complaint.
- having or producing a high, thin, piercing tone; high-pitched
- characterized or accompanied by shrill sounds
- unrestrained and irritatingly insistent
- Archaic keen; sharp; biting; poignant
Origin of shrillMiddle English shrille, akin to Low German schrell, German schrill: echoic, probably akin to shriek
- High-pitched and piercing in tone or sound: the shrill wail of a siren.
- Producing a sharp, high-pitched tone or sound: a shrill fife.
- Sharp or keen to the senses; harshly vivid: shrill colors.
verbshrilled, shrill·ing, shrills
Origin of shrillMiddle English shrille.
(comparative shriller, superlative shrillest)
- High-pitched and piercing.
- She spoke in a shrill voice.
- Sharp or keen to the senses.
(third-person singular simple present shrills, present participle shrilling, simple past and past participle shrilled)
- To make a shrill noise.
- A shrill sound.
Middle English shrille.