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



BrE BrE//ʃriːk//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃriːk//
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a loud high shout, for example one that you make when you are excited, frightened or in pain She let out a piercing shriek. a shriek of delight Shrieks of laughter came from the bedroom. See related entries: Fear Word Originlate 15th cent. (as a verb): imitative; compare with dialect screak, Old Norse skrækja, also with screech.
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