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Meaning of shriek

shriek

Pronunciation: (shrēk), [key]
— n.
  1. a loud, sharp, shrill cry.
  2. a loud, high sound of laughter.
  3. any loud, shrill sound, as of a whistle.
—v.i.
  1. to utter a loud, sharp, shrill cry, as birds.
  2. to cry out sharply in a high voice: to shriek with pain.
  3. to utter loud, high-pitched sounds in laughing.
  4. (of a musical instrument, a whistle, the wind, etc.) to give forth a loud, shrill sound.
—v.t.
  1. to utter in a shriek: to shriek defiance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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