Definition of shrill adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃrɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪl//
    (shriller, shrillest)
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  1. 1(of sounds or voices) very high and loud, in an unpleasant way synonym piercing a shrill voice The PE teacher’s shrill voice rang out across the school fields.
  2. 2loud and determined but often unreasonable shrill demands/protests
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Low German schrell ‘sharp in tone or taste’.
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