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



BrE BrE//skriːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//skriːtʃ//
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a loud high unpleasant cry or noise a screech of brakes/tyres She suddenly let out a screech. Word Originmid 16th cent.: alteration of archaic scritch, of imitative origin.
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