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English adjective: shrill

1. shrill having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

SamplesA shrill whistle.
A shrill gaiety.


Similarhigh, high-pitched

Antonymslow-pitched, low

2. shrill being sharply insistent on being heard

SamplesStrident demands.
Shrill criticism.



Antonymsbeseeching, imploring, pleading

3. shrill of colors that are bright and gaudy

SamplesA shrill turquoise.

Similarcolorful, colourful

Antonymscolorless, colourless

English verb: shrill

1. shrill (communication) utter a shrill cry

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

Synonymspipe, pipe up, shriek

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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