Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making a shrill, creaking sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

Etymologies

From Latin strīdulus, from strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stridulus ("creaking, giving a shrill sound"), from stridere ("to utter an inarticulate sound” “creak, grate"). (Wiktionary)

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