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

  • n. A shrill, often frantic cry.
  • n. A sound suggestive of such a cry.
  • intransitive v. To utter a shriek.
  • intransitive v. To make a sound similar to a shriek.
  • transitive v. To utter with a shriek.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like.
  • v. To utter a loud, sharp, shrill sound or cry, as do some birds and beasts; to scream, as in a sudden fright, in horror or anguish.
  • v. To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To utter a loud, sharp, shrill sound or cry, as do some birds and beasts; to scream, as in a sudden fright, in horror or anguish.
  • transitive v. To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks.
  • n. A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter a sharp, shrill cry; cry out more or less convulsively, at a pitch above that of a scream, as in great and sudden fright, in horror, or in extreme pain: used sometimes, by hyperbole, of laughter.
  • To utter with a shriek or a shrill wild cry.
  • n. A sharp, shrill outcry: as, the shriek of a whistle; shrieks of laughter. See shriek, v.
  • n. Synonyms Screech etc. See screem.

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

  • n. sharp piercing cry
  • n. a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
  • v. utter a shrill cry

Etymologies

Middle English skriken, shriken, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skrækja.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English scrycke, probably from Old Norse skrækja, itself probably of imitative origin. Cognate to Swedish skrika (skrik), German schreien (Schrei), both with the same meaning, and Albanian grykë ("throat"). (Wiktionary)

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