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  • IPA(key): /ʃɹiːv/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːv

Etymology 1[edit]

See sheriff.


shrieve (plural shrieves)

  1. Obsolete form of sheriff.
    • 1591, unknown author, The Troublesome Reign of King John:
      Please it your Majesty, here is the shrieve of Northamptonshire, with certain persons that of late committed a riot, and have appealed to your Majesty beseeching your Highness for special cause to hear them.
    • c. 1604–1605 (date written), William Shakespeare, “All’s Well, that Ends Well”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      I know him: he was a botcher's 'prentice in Paris, from whence he was whipped for getting the shrieve's fool with child: a dumb innocent that could not say him nay.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Also appears capitalised, particularly when used as a title.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See shrive.


shrieve (third-person singular simple present shrieves, present participle shrieving, simple past shrieved, past participle shrieved or shriven)

  1. Obsolete form of shrive.
  2. (obsolete) To question.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, “The Faerie Queene”, in Henry John Todd, editor, The Works of Edmund Spenser, published 1869, page 243:
      But afterwards she gan him soft to shrieve,
      And wooe with fair intreatie, to disclose
      Which of the nymphes his heart so sore did mieve: