Definition of screech verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    screech

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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  1. 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. 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
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: alteration of archaic scritch, of imitative origin.
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