Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To screech; shriek.
  • intransitive verb To creak.
  • noun A screech; a shriek.
  • noun A creak.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To utter a sharp, shrill sound or outcry; scream or screech; also, to creak, as a door or wheel.
  • noun A creaking; a screech; a creaking sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A creaking; a screech; a shriek.
  • intransitive verb To utter suddenly a sharp, shrill sound; to screech; to creak, as a door or wheel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun shriek; screech
  • verb shriek; screech

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb utter a harsh abrupt scream
  • verb make a high-pitched, screeching noise

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English skricken, from Old Norse skrækja.]

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