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shriek / shrēk/ • v. [intr.] utter a high-pitched piercing sound or words, esp. as an expression of terror, pain, or excitement: the audience shrieked with laughter | [with direct speech] “There it is!” she shrieked | [tr.] she was shrieking abuse at a taxi driver. ∎  (of something inanimate) make a high-pitched screeching sound: the wheels shrieked as the car sped away. ∎ fig. be very obvious or strikingly discordant: the patterned carpets shrieked at Betsy from the shabby store. • n. a high-pitched piercing cry or sound; a scream: shrieks of laughter. DERIVATIVES: shriek·er n.

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shriek

shriek vb. XVI. Also †shreak, †shreik; parallel to (dial.) screak (XV) — ON. skrækja; other shr- forms are (dial.) shrike (XII) and shritch (XIII), repr. the base of OE. sċrīċċettan.
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shriek

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