intransitive verb Etymology: of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skrækja to screech Date: circa 1500 to make a harsh shrill noise ; screechscreak nounscreaky adjective

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  • Screak — Screak, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Screaked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Screaking}.] [Cf. Icel. skr[ae]kja to screech. Cf. {Creak}, v., {Screech}.] To utter suddenly a sharp, shrill sound; to screech; to creak, as a door or wheel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screak — Screak, n. A creaking; a screech; a shriek. Bp. Bull. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • screak — [skrēk] vi. [ON skraekja, SCREECH] to screech or creak n. a screech or creak …   English World dictionary

  • screak — verb 1. make a high pitched, screeching noise The door creaked when I opened it slowly My car engine makes a whining noise • Syn: ↑whine, ↑squeak, ↑screech, ↑creak, ↑skreak • Derivati …   Useful english dictionary

  • screak — [[t]skrik[/t]] v. i. 1) to screech 2) to creak 3) a screech 4) a creak • Etymology: 1490–1500; < Scand screak′y, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • screak — screaky, adj. /skreek/, v.i. 1. to screech. 2. to creak. n. 3. a screech. 4. a creak. [1490 1500; < Scand; cf. Norw skrike, Dan skrige; c. ON skraekja to screech; see SCREECH] * * * …   Universalium

  • screak — verb shriek …   Wiktionary

  • screak — Synonyms and related words: bark, bawl, bay, bell, bellow, blare, blat, blate, bleat, bray, call, caterwaul, creak, cry, give tongue, give voice, howl, keen, low, meow, mew, mewl, miaow, moo, neigh, nicker, pipe, pule, roar, scream, screech,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • screak — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I noun A long, loud, piercing cry or sound: scream, screech, shriek. See SOUNDS. II verb To utter a long, loud, piercing cry, as of pain or fright: scream, screech, shriek, shrill. See SOUNDS …   English dictionary for students

  • screak — v. screech, emit a high piercing cry, shriek, scream; make a creak, make a harsh grating noise …   English contemporary dictionary

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