Shrill meaning

shrĭl
Sharp or keen to the senses; harshly vivid.

Shrill colors.

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High-pitched and piercing in tone or sound.

The shrill wail of a siren.

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High-pitched and piercing.

She spoke in a shrill voice.

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Unrestrained and irritatingly insistent.
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To produce a shrill cry or sound.
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Having or producing a high, thin, piercing tone; high-pitched.
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Characterized or accompanied by shrill sounds.
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(rare) In a shrill manner.
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To make a shrill noise or sound.
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To utter shrilly.
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Sharp or keen to the senses.
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To make a shrill noise.
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A shrill sound.

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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.

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Producing a sharp, high-pitched tone or sound.

A shrill fife.

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To utter in a shrill manner; scream.
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(archaic) Keen; sharp; biting; poignant.
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Origin of shrill

  • Middle English shrille

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

  • Middle English shrille.

    From Wiktionary