from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. High-pitched and piercing in tone or sound: the shrill wail of a siren.
- adj. Producing a sharp, high-pitched tone or sound: a shrill fife.
- adj. Sharp or keen to the senses; harshly vivid: shrill colors.
- transitive v. To utter in a shrill manner; scream.
- intransitive v. To produce a shrill cry or sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. High-pitched and piercing.
- adj. Sharp or keen to the senses.
- v. To make a shrill noise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound; -- said of a sound, or of that which produces a sound.
- n. A shrill sound.
- intransitive v. To utter an acute, piercing sound; to sound with a sharp, shrill tone; to become shrill.
- transitive v. To utter or express in a shrill tone; to cause to make a shrill sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter or emit a keen, piercing, high-pitched sound.
- To sound shrilly; be shrill.
- To cause to give out a shrill sound.
- To utter or produce with a shrill sound.
- Sharp and piercing in sound; high and keen (somewhat disagreeably so) in voice or note: the common use of the word.
- Emitting or capable of emitting a sharp, high, piercing sound.
- Piercing; sharp; affecting the senses sharply or keenly; bright.
- In a shrill manner; shrilly.
- n. A keen or piercing sound.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. utter a shrill cry
- adj. of colors that are bright and gaudy
- adj. being sharply insistent on being heard
- adj. having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
PAGE 134.l. 13. _ivory shrill_, the shrill sound of the ivory horn. ll.
Harry Reid doesn't know what the term shrill means.
He sites what he calls the shrill voices of liberal-left journalists, or 'laptop bombadiers' that became the champions of forceful western intervention.
On the instant they recognized the head, and on the instant rose their wild hearty laughter as they explained to one another in shrill falsetto voices.
Once a voice of restraint and reason, Sullivan now specializes in shrill panic: mercurial ranting full nof operatic arguments, steeped in bad faith, aimed at people he once praised (including yours truly).
And one "empirical" "measure" might be to track how much of a comeback the word shrill makes
And one "empirical" "measure" might be to track how much of a comeback the word shrill makes, in what contexts (and not) and with regard to whom (and not).
When I hear the word shrill, I think of some totally off the rails person half screaming about some nonsense.
Per contra, there was Frank Barlow, whom we used to call "Crazy Barlow" because of his headlong rush at whatever object he had in view, and he could make the call shrill and thrill like a fife.
The lieutenant spoke in short shrill periods, chopping off the ends of his words as if with a hatchet.