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English noun: scream

1. scream (communication) sharp piercing cry

SamplesHer screaming attracted the neighbors.

Synonymsscreaming, screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking

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

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

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

Synonymsscreaming, screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking

Broader (hypernym)noise

3. scream (communication) a joke that seems extremely funny

Synonymsbelly laugh, howler, riot, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow

Broader (hypernym)gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh

English verb: scream

1. scream (communication) utter a sudden loud cry

SamplesShe cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle.
I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me.

ExamplesSam and Sue scream

Synonymscall, cry, holler, hollo, shout, shout out, squall, yell

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

Narrower (hyponym)halloo, hollo, howl, hurrah, pipe, pipe up, roar, screak, screech, shriek, shrill, skreak, skreigh, squawk, ululate, wail, whoop, yaup, yawl

Verb groupcall, call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout

2. scream (communication) utter or declare in a very loud voice

SamplesYou don't have to yell--I can hear you just fine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)shout

3. scream (perception) make a loud, piercing sound

SamplesFighter planes are screaming through the skies.

ExamplesYou can hear animals scream in the meadows, The meadows scream with animals

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)make noise, noise, resound

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