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English noun: shriek

1. shriek (communication) sharp piercing cry


SamplesHer screaming attracted the neighbors.


Synonymsscream, screaming, screech, screeching, shrieking


Broader (hypernym)call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell

2. shriek (event) a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry


SamplesHe ducked at the screechings of shells.
He heard the scream of the brakes.


Synonymsscream, screaming, screech, screeching, shrieking


Broader (hypernym)noise


English verb: shriek

1. shriek (communication) utter a shrill cry


ExamplesThe birds shriek in the woods , The woods shriek with many kinds of birds


Synonymspipe, pipe up, shrill


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell


Narrower (hyponym)caterwaul, yowl









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