Definitions for: Screech


[n] sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
[n] a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry; "he ducked at the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the brakes"
[v] utter a shrill cry
[v] utter a harsh abrupt scream
[v] make a high-pitched, screeching noise, as of a door



Webster (1913) Definition: Screech (skr[=e]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Screeched;
p. pr. & vb. n. Screeching.] [Also formerly, scritch, OE.
skriken, skrichen, schriken, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel.
skr[ae]kja to shriek, to screech, skr[imac]kja to titter, Sw.
skrika to shriek, Dan. skrige; also Gael. sgreach, sgreuch,
W. ysgrechio, Skr. kharj to creak. Cf. Shriek, v.,
Scream, v.]
To utter a harsh, shrill cry; to make a sharp outcry, as in
terror or acute pain; to scream; to shriek. ``The screech
owl, screeching loud.'' --Shak.


Screech, n.
A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a
shriek; a scream.

Screech bird, or Screech thrush (Zo["o]l.), the
fieldfare; -- so called from its harsh cry before rain.

Screech rain.

Screech hawk (Zo["o]l.), the European goatsucker; -- so
called from its note. [Prov. Eng.]

Screech owl. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A small American owl (Scops asio), either gray or
reddish in color.
(b) The European barn owl. The name is applied also to other
species.

Synonyms: creak, pipe, pipe up, screak, screak, scream, scream, screaming, screaming, screeching, screeching, shriek, shriek, shriek, shrieking, shrieking, shrill, skreak, skreak, skreigh, squawk, squeak

See Also: call, call, caterwaul, cry, cry, holler, hollo, make noise, noise, noise, outcry, resound, scream, shout, shout, shout out, squall, vociferation, yell, yell, yowl

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