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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch form of screak, screech, shriek.

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

  • v. utter a harsh abrupt scream


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  • But she gave what she called a skreigh as soon as she had read half a page.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • Ha! there it was again -- the low skreigh o 'pain I had heard before.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • With a muffled skreigh the mare leapt forward, seized the bit 'twixt her teeth, and _ventre à terre_ pursued the others in spite of her rider's remonstrances.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • ` ` Ye are a dauring villain, Rob, '' answered the Bailie; ` ` and ye will be hanged, that will be seen and heard tell o '; but I'se ne'er be the ill bird and foul my nest, set apart strong necessity and the skreigh of duty, which no man should hear and be inobedient.

    Rob Roy

  • ` ` I watna, 'replied Mr. Jarvie; --- ` ` it was a bletherin phrasin' chield they ca 'Fairservice, that cam at e'en to get an order to send the crier through the toun for ye at skreigh o' day the morn.

    Rob Roy

  • I luffed for my life, for I thocht we were ower near Soa; but na, it wasnae that, it was puir Sandy Gabart's deid skreigh, or near hand, for he was deid in half an hour.

    Merry Men

  • ` ` Dear brother, '' said the old lady, ` ` ye'll cry yoursell as hoarse as a corbie --- is that the way to skreigh when there's a sick person in the house? ''

    The Antiquary

  • ` ` The skreigh of a Tammie Norie, '' answered Ochiltree --- ` ` I ken the skirl weel. ''

    The Antiquary

  • "The skreigh of a Tammie Norie," answered Ochiltree -- "I ken the skirl weel."

    The Antiquary — Volume 01

  • "Dear brother," said the old lady, "ye'll cry yoursell as hoarse as a corbie -- is that the way to skreigh when there's a sick person in the house?"

    The Antiquary — Complete


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