An example of screech is a bird making a loud piercing sound.
An example of a screech is the sound a barn owl makes.
The screech of train brakes.
Tires screeched on the wet pavement.
Origin of screech
- Alteration of obsolete scrich from Middle English scrichen to screech perhaps of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skrækja
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition