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From Old Norse skríkja(to scream) or Old English scric, literally "bird with a shrill call," referring to a thrush, possibly imitative of its call. Attested from c 1573.


skrike ‎(third-person singular simple present skrikes, present participle skriking, simple past and past participle skriked)

  1. (Britain, regional) To cry out or yell; to scream. (Can we add an example for this sense?)


skrike ‎(plural skrikes)

  1. (Britain, regional) A cry or scream.
    • c 1573, attested by J. Raine
      at what tyme the said Herrison wyfe gave a skrike.
    • 1824, Allan's Tynside Songs, p. 182
      Aw gav a skrike.
  2. (Britain, dialect) The missel thrush.


  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press.
  • A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, J. R. Clark Hall, 1984, University of Toronto Press.
  • Journal of English and Germanic Philology: Volume 29, 1930, Univeristy of Illinois Press.
  • 'Scric',

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


Imitative of the sound (lydord)


skrike ‎(imperative skrik, present tense skriker, passive skrikes, simple past skrek or skreik, past participle skreket, present participle skrikende)

  1. to scream, shout, cry out

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