screech

  • 1 screech — [ skritʃ ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to make a loud, high, and unpleasant cry, especially when you are upset: SHRIEK: We tried to calm her, but she just screeched more loudly. 2. ) intransitive to make a loud, high, and unpleasant… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 2 Screech — may mean: *Samuel Screech Powers, character played by Dustin Diamond in the NBC television sitcom Saved by the Bell *A mascot for numerable sports teams, including: **Screech (mascot), the Major League Baseball Washington Nationals **the mascot… …

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  • 3 Screech — Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream. [1913 Webster] {Screech bird}, or {Screech thrush} (Zo[ o]l.), the fieldfare; so called from its harsh cry before rain. {Screech rain}. {Screech hawk} (Zo[ …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 screech — [skri:tʃ] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: scritch to screech (13 20 centuries), from the sound] 1.) [I and T] to shout loudly in an unpleasant high voice because you are angry, afraid, or excited = ↑shriek, scream ↑scream ▪ Look out! she screeched. ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 Screech — (skr[=e]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Screeched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Screeching}.] [Also formerly, scritch, OE. skriken, skrichen, schriken, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skr[ae]kja to shriek, to screech, skr[imac]kja to titter, Sw. skrika to shriek, Dan …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 screech — screech·er; screech; screech·ing·ly; …

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  • 7 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

  • 8 screech|y — «SKREE chee», adjective, screech|i|er, screech|i|est. 1. screeching: »... a shrill, screechy voice (W. H. Hudson). 2. given to screeching …

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  • 9 screech´er — screech «skreech», verb, noun. –v.i., v.t. to cry out sharply in a high voice; scream; shriek: »“Help! help!” she screeched. –n. a shrill, harsh scream: »The woman s screeches brought the police. ╂[apparently alteration of Middle English… …

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  • 10 screech — mid 13c., schrichen, possibly of imitative origin (Cf. shriek). The noun is first recorded 1550s. Screech owl is attested from 1590s (scritch owl is from 1520s) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 screech — vb scream, shriek, yell, *shout, squeal, holler, whoop screech n scream, shriek, yell, shout, squeal, holler, whoop (see under SHOUT vb) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 screech — [skrēch] vi. [ME scrichen < ON skraekja: for IE base see SCREAM] to utter or make a shrill, high pitched, harsh shriek or sound vt. to utter with a screech n. a shrill, high pitched, harsh shriek or sound screecher n. screechy adj. screechier …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 screech — UK [skriːtʃ] / US [skrɪtʃ] verb Word forms screech : present tense I/you/we/they screech he/she/it screeches present participle screeching past tense screeched past participle screeched 1) [intransitive/transitive] to make a loud, high, and… …

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  • 14 screech — [[t]skri͟ːtʃ[/t]] screeches, screeching, screeched 1) VERB If a vehicle screeches somewhere or if its tyres screech, its tyres make an unpleasant high pitched noise on the road. [V prep/adv] A black Mercedes screeched to a halt beside the… …

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  • 15 screech — I [[t]skritʃ[/t]] v. i. 1) to utter or make a harsh, shrill cry or sound 2) to utter with a screech 3) a harsh, shrill cry or sound • Etymology: 1550–60; var. of obs. scritch to scream; akin to screak screech′er, n. screech•y, adj. screech•i•er,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 screech — 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 screech — verb 1 (I, T) to make a very unpleasant, high noise with your voice, especially because you are angry (+ at): She screeched at me to take off my muddy shoes. 2 (I) if a vehicle or its wheels screech, they make a high loud unpleasant noise: The… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 screech — screecher, n. /skreech/, v.i. 1. to utter or make a harsh, shrill cry or sound: The child screeched hysterically. The brakes screeched. v.t. 2. to utter with a screech: She screeched her warning. n. 3. a harsh, shrill cry or sound: an owl s… …

    Universalium

  • 19 Screech — Recorded in many apparently associated forms including Screas, Screase, Screach, Screech, Screes, and Scritch, this is an English surname. It is probably topographical and if so describes somebody who was resident by a scread , an area of rocks,… …

    Surnames reference

  • 20 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 Origin C16 (as v.): alt. of archaic scritch, of imitative origin …

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