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Meaning of shrill

shrill

Pronunciation: (shril), [key]
— adj., v., n., adv. -er, -est,
—adj.
  1. high-pitched and piercing in sound quality: a shrill cry.
  2. producing such a sound.
  3. full of or characterized by such a sound: shrill music.
  4. betraying some strong emotion or attitude in an exaggerated amount, as antagonism or defensiveness.
  5. marked by great intensity; keen: the shrill, incandescent light of the exploding bomb.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to cry shrilly.
—n.
  1. a shrill sound.
—adv.
  1. in a shrill manner; shrilly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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