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Meaning of SHRILL

Pronunciation:  shril

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  high-pitched and sharp; "piercing screams"; "a shrill whistle"
  2. [v]  utter a shrill cry

SHRILL is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Shrill\, n.
    A shrill sound. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  3. \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.
          No sounds were heard but of the shrilling cock.
          His voice shrilled with passion.         --L. Wallace.
  4. \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.