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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. (UK, regional) To cry out or yell; to scream.


skrike (plural skrikes)

  1. (UK, 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. (UK, 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',




  1. Scream (to make the sound of a scream).

This Norwegian entry was created from the translations listed at scream. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see skrike in the Norwegian Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) December 2008