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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?)
    • Alan Garner, Red Shift
      It's not as if you're skriking brats.

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.
  • '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
  2. (of a crow) to caw

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