- 1[intransitive] to make an unpleasant high loud sound Behind him, the telephone shrilled.
- 2[transitive] + speech to say something in a loud, high voice synonym shriek ‘Wait for me!’ she shrilled. Word Origin late Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Low German schrell
BrE BrE//ʃrɪl//; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shrill
BrE BrE//ʃrɪl//; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪl//he / she / it shrills
BrE BrE//ʃrɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪlz//past simple shrilled
BrE BrE//ʃrɪld//; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪld//past participle shrilled
BrE BrE//ʃrɪld//; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪld//-ing form shrilling
BrE BrE//ˈʃrɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃrɪlɪŋ//