Definitions for: Shrill


[adj] high-pitched and sharp; "piercing screams"; "a shrill whistle"
[v] utter a shrill cry



Webster (1913) Definition: Shrill, a. [Compar. Shriller; superl. Shrillest.]
[OE. shril, schril; akin to LG. schrell, G. schrill. See
Shrill,v. i.]
Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing
tone or sound; -- said of a sound, or of that which produces
a sound.

Hear the shrill whistle which doth order give To sounds
confused. --Shak.

Let winds be shrill, let waves roll high. --Byron.


Shrill, n.
A shrill sound. [Obs.] --Spenser.


Shrill, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shrilled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Shrilling.] [OE. schrillen, akin to G. schrillen; cf. AS.
scralletan to resound loudly, Icel. skr["o]lta to jolt, Sw.
skr["a]lla to shrill, Norw. skryla, skr?la. Cf. Skirl.]
To utter an acute, piercing sound; to sound with a sharp,
shrill tone; to become shrill.

Break we our pipes, that shrilledloud as lark.
--Spenser.

No sounds were heard but of the shrilling cock.
--Goldsmith.

His voice shrilled with passion. --L. Wallace.


Shrill, v. t.
To utter or express in a shrill tone; to cause to make a
shrill sound.

How poor Andromache shrills her dolors forth. --Shak.

Synonyms: high, high-pitched, piercing, pipe, pipe up, screech, sharp, shriek

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

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