- 1[intransitive, transitive] to make a loud high unpleasant sound; to say something using this sound Monkeys were screeching in the trees. The wind screeched in his ears. screeching brakes He screeched with pain. + speech ‘No, don't!’ she screeched. screech (something) (at somebody) He screeched something at me.
- 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a vehicle) to make a loud high unpleasant noise as it moves The car screeched to a halt outside the hospital. A police car screeched out of a side street. See related entries: Driving Word Origin mid 16th cent.: alteration of archaic scritch, of imitative origin.
BrE BrE//skriːtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//skriːtʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they screech
BrE BrE//skriːtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//skriːtʃ//he / she / it screeches
BrE BrE//ˈskriːtʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskriːtʃɪz//past simple screeched
BrE BrE//skriːtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//skriːtʃt//past participle screeched
BrE BrE//skriːtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//skriːtʃt//-ing form screeching
BrE BrE//ˈskriːtʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskriːtʃɪŋ//Driving