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

     

    shrill

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make an unpleasant high loud sound Behind him, the telephone shrilled.
  2. 2[transitive] + speech to say something in a loud, high voice synonym shriek ‘Wait for me!’ she shrilled.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to Low German schrell ‘sharp in tone or taste’.
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