shrill

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English shrille.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

shrill ‎(comparative shriller, superlative shrillest)

  1. High-pitched and piercing.
    The woods rang with shrill cries of the birds.
    • Shakespeare
      Hear the shrill whistle which doth order give / To sounds confused.
    • Byron
      Let winds be shrill, let waves roll high.
  2. Sharp or keen to the senses.
  3. Having a shrill voice.
    • 1872, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Charlotte's Inheritance (page 105)
      'Oh, don't she look white!' cried a shrill girl with a baby in her arms.

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Verb[edit]

shrill ‎(third-person singular simple present shrills, present participle shrilling, simple past and past participle shrilled)

  1. To make a shrill noise.
    • Spenser
      Break we our pipes, that shrill'd loud as lark.
    • Goldsmith
      No sounds were heard but of the shrilling cock.
    • L. Wallace
      His voice shrilled with passion.

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Noun[edit]

shrill ‎(plural shrills)

  1. A shrill sound.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
    • 2015, Cliff Schexnayder, Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel
      The shrill of the whistle from the locomotive “Charlestown” announced the arrival of the first train into Fitchburg on 5 March 1845 []