- 1[intransitive] to give a loud high shout, for example when you are excited, frightened or in pain synonym scream shriek (in something) She shrieked in fright. shriek with something The audience was shrieking with laughter. shriek at somebody (figurative) The answer shrieked at her (= was very obvious). See related entries: Fear
- 2[transitive] to say something in a loud, high voice synonym scream shriek something (at somebody) He shrieked her name as he fell. She was shrieking abuse at them as they carried her off. + speech ‘Look out!’ he shrieked. See related entries: Fear Word Origin late 15th cent. (as a verb): imitative; compare with dialect screak, Old Norse skrækja, also with screech.Extra examples He all but shrieked when he saw her. She shrieked in terror. Stop shrieking at me! The audience shrieked with laughter. ‘Look out!’ she shrieked. He almost shrieked her name, but she still ignored him.
BrE BrE//ʃriːk//; NAmE NAmE//ʃriːk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shriek
BrE BrE//ʃriːk//; NAmE NAmE//ʃriːk//he / she / it shrieks
BrE BrE//ʃriːks//; NAmE NAmE//ʃriːks//past simple shrieked
BrE BrE//ʃriːkt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃriːkt//past participle shrieked
BrE BrE//ʃriːkt//; NAmE NAmE//ʃriːkt//-ing form shrieking
BrE BrE//ˈʃriːkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃriːkɪŋ//Fear