Shriek

Definition of Shriek

v. i.1.To utter a loud, sharp, shrill sound or cry, as do some birds and beasts; to scream, as in a sudden fright, in horror or anguish.
[imp. & p. p. Shrieked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shrieking.]
It was the owl that shrieked.
- Shak.
At this she shrieked aloud; the mournful train
Echoed her grief.
- Dryden.
v. t.1.To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks.
She shrieked his name
To the dark woods.
- Moore.
n.1.A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like.
Shriek owl
a - (Zool.) The screech owl
b - The swift; - so called from its cry.

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