Definitions

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

  • adjective Characterized by or making a shrill grating sound or noise.
  • adjective Relating to or characterized by stridor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Making a small harsh sound; having a thin, squeaky sound; squeaky; creaking.

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

  • adjective Making a shrill, creaking sound.
  • adjective (Med.) a form of croup, or laryngitis, in children, associated with dyspnœa, occurring usually at night, and marked by crowing or stridulous breathing.

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

  • adjective pathology That which is relating to stridor.
  • adjective Emitting a particularly harsh or shrill sound.

Etymologies

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

[From Latin strīdulus, from strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin stridulus ("creaking, giving a shrill sound"), from stridere ("to utter an inarticulate sound” “creak, grate").

Examples

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  • Post-dinner I'm always quite keen

    My crystal should boast a bright sheen

    If rubbing's assiduous

    The pantry is stridulous,

    To tell me they're all squeaky clean.

    March 16, 2017