Definition of scream noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skriːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːm//
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  1. 1  [countable] a loud high cry made by somebody who is hurt, frightened, excited, etc.; a loud high noise She let out a scream of pain. They ignored the baby's screams. He drove off with a scream of tyres. I thought I heard a scream. All I could hear were the screams of the wounded. the screams of adoring fans
  2. 2[singular] (old-fashioned, informal) a person or thing that causes you to laugh He's a scream.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: origin uncertain; perhaps from Middle Dutch.Extra examples She reacted to the news with hysterical screams. The scream came from upstairs. a scream for help screams of laughter/​terror
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