shriek

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Etymology[edit]

From obsolete shrick (1567), shreke, variants of earier screak, skricke (bef. 1500), from Middle English scrycke, from a Skandinavian language (compare Swedish skrika, Icelandic skríkja), from Proto-Germanic *skrīkjanan (compare English screech). More at screech.

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shriek ‎(plural shrieks)

  1. A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like.
    • Dryden
      Shrieks, clamours, murmurs, fill the frighted town.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5
      Sabor, the lioness, was a wise hunter. To one less wise the wild alarm of her fierce cry as she sprang would have seemed a foolish thing, for could she not more surely have fallen upon her victims had she but quietly leaped without that loud shriek?
  2. (Britain) (slang) An exclamation mark.

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shriek ‎(third-person singular simple present shrieks, present participle shrieking, simple past and past participle shrieked or (obsolete) shright)

  1. 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 anguish.
    • Shakespeare
      It was the owl that shrieked.
    • Dryden
      At this she shrieked aloud; the mournful train / Echoed her grief.
  2. To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks.
    • Spenser
      The ghostly owl, shrieking his baleful note.
    • Moore
      She shrieked his name to the dark woods.

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