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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.


Synonymssharp


Similarhigh, high-pitched


Antonymslow-pitched, low

2. shrill being sharply insistent on being heard


SamplesStrident demands.
Shrill criticism.


Synonymsstrident


Similarimperative


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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