I. noun Date: 1560 1. a high shrill piercing cry usually expressing pain or terror 2. a sound resembling a screech II. verb Etymology: alteration of earlier scritch, from Middle English scrichen; akin to Old Norse skrækja to screech Date: 1577 intransitive verb 1. to utter a high shrill piercing cry ; make an outcry usually in terror or pain 2. to make a shrill high-pitched sound resembling a screech; also to move with such a sound <
the car screeched to a stop
transitive verb to utter with or as if with a screech • screecher noun

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  • screech — ► NOUN ▪ a loud, harsh, piercing cry or sound. ► VERB 1) make a screech. 2) move rapidly with a screech. DERIVATIVES screecher noun screechy adjective (screechier, screechiest) …   English terms dictionary

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