Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Speaking in a high and shrill voice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a shrill voice.
“Speak for us, bells — speak for us, shrill-tongued tuckets.”
“Didst hear her speak? is she shrill-tongued or low?”
“The hawk would abide its time, and have occasion, after its kind, to be grateful because of the tree and its seductive nectar which translated artless little songsters into shrill-tongued roysterers, careless of the ills of life, or at least less watchful for the presence of crafty enemies.”
“Sweet murmurings, methought the shrill-tongued thrush”
“Here Madame would seat herself and knit briskly till a purchaser applied, when she would drop her work, dive among the pink innocents, and hold one up by its unhappy leg, undisturbed by its doleful cries, while she settled its price with a blue-gowned, white-capped neighbor, as sharp-witted and shrill-tongued as herself.”
“More coarse and less merry, but not less vivid, is that other scene wherein the shrill-tongued Doll Tearsheet and the peace-making Dame Quickly figure.”
“For poor Hans was afflicted with what has been the moral and social ruin of many a better, if not greater man than he -- a froward, shrill-tongued wife.”
“Happy Morgan, yelling like one possessed of ten shrill-tongued demons, burst on the gallop away from the others, and spurring his horse cruelly, forced the animal to race, bucking and plunging, half way around the arena and back to the group.”
“But that question was speedily answered by the sudden clanging of a gong inside the fire house, followed by the sound of running footsteps and, an instant later, the wild alarm of the shrill-tongued bell in the little belfry.”
“He even rises out of the eager, bustling, shrill-tongued crowd of the Voltairean age with some of that austere moral indignation and haughty astonishment with which Dante had watched the stubborn ways of men centuries before.”
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