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Meaning of SCREECH

Pronunciation:  skreech

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

SCREECH is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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