Definitions for: Shriek

[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

Webster (1913) Definition: Shriek, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shrieked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Shrieking.] [OE. shriken, originallythe same word as E.
screech. See Screech, and cf. Screak.]
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

It was the owl that shrieked. --Shak.

At this she shrieked aloud; the mournful train Echoed
her grief. --Dryden.

Shriek, v. t.
To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or

On top whereof aye dwelt the ghostly owl, Shrieking his
baleful note. --Spenser.

She shrieked his name To the dark woods. --Moore.

Shriek, n.
A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as
is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like.

Shrieks, clamors, murmurs, fill the frighted town.

Shriek owl. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The screech owl.
(b) The swift; -- so called from its cry.

Synonyms: pipe, pipe up, scream, scream, screaming, screaming, screech, screech, screech, screeching, screeching, shrieking, shrieking, shrill

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

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