scream

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shreamen (compare Old Norwegian skræma). Related to shriek, skrike. Cognate with West Frisian skrieme (to weep), German schreien (Schrei)

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scream (plural screams)

  1. A loud, emphatic, exclamation of extreme emotion, usually horror, fear, excitement et cetera. Can be the exclamation of a word, but is usually a sustained, high-pitched vowel sound, particularly /æ/ or /i/.
  2. (music) A form of singing associated with the metal and screamo styles of music. It is a loud, rough, distorted version of the voice; rather than the normal voice of the singer.
  3. (informal) Used as an intensifier
    We had a real scream of a time at the beach.
    • 1994 Jun 28, “Kingdom of the faithful: Serena Mackesy visits Jordan”, Independent:
      Amman, though not exactly your world cultural centre, is a scream of a city; all the roads have different names from their official ones, so that maps are useless

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scream (third-person singular simple present screams, present participle screaming, simple past and past participle screamed)

  1. To cry out with a shrill voice; to utter a sudden, sharp outcry, or shrill, loud cry, as in fright or extreme pain; to shriek; to screech.
    • Shakespeare
      I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
  2. To move quickly; to race.
    He almost hit a pole, the way he came screaming down the hill.

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