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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English skriken, a borrowing from Old Norse skríkja (to scream) (compare Old English sċrīċ, sċrēċ > English shriek/screech), 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, sob, cry out or yell; to scream. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English skrike, scryke (also skryche, schryke, shryke). Cognate with Old Frisian skrichte, Middle Low German schrichte.


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.
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “scric”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


Onomatopoeic (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
  2. (of a crow) to caw

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]


skrike (present tense skrik, past tense skreik, supine skrike, past participle skriken, present participle skrikande, imperative skrik)

  1. Alternative form of skrika