Shriek definition

shrēk
A shrill, often frantic cry.
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To make a loud, sharp, piercing cry or sound, as certain animals, or a person in terror, pain, or laughter; screech.
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To utter a shriek.
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A loud, piercing cry or sound.
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To utter with a shriek.
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To utter with a shriek.
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To make a sound similar to a shriek.
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A sound suggestive of such a cry.
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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.

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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.

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A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like.
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(UK) (slang) An exclamation mark.
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To utter a loud, sharp, shrill sound or cry, as do some birds and beasts; to scream, as in a sudden fright, in horror or anguish.
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To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shriek
Plural:
shrieks

Origin of shriek

  • Middle English skriken, shriken of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skrækja

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English scrycke, probably from Old Norse skrækja, itself probably of imitative origin. Cognate to Swedish skrika (skrik), German schreien (Schrei), both with the same meaning, and Albanian grykë (“throat").

    From Wiktionary