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Meaning of SHRIEK

Pronunciation:  shreek

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

SHRIEK is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
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