shrill

  • 1 Shrill — Shrill, a. [Compar. {Shriller}; superl. {Shrillest}.] [OE. shril, schril; akin to LG. schrell, G. schrill. See {Shrill},v. i.] Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound; said of a sound, or of that which produces… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Shrill — Shrill, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shrilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shrilling}.] [OE. schrillen, akin to G. schrillen; cf. AS. scralletan to resound loudly, Icel. skr[ o]lta to jolt, Sw. skr[ a]lla to shrill, Norw. skryla, skr?la. Cf. {Skirl}.] To utter an… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Shrill — Shrill, v. t. To utter or express in a shrill tone; to cause to make a shrill sound. [1913 Webster] How poor Andromache shrills her dolors forth. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 shrill — [shril] adj. [ME shrille, akin to LowG schrell, Ger schrill: echoic, prob. akin to SHRIEK] 1. having or producing a high, thin, piercing tone; high pitched 2. characterized or accompanied by shrill sounds 3. unrestrained and irritatingly… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Shrill — Shrill, n. A shrill sound. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 shrill — late 14c., schrylle high pitched, piercing (of the voice), probably related to O.E. scralletan to sound loudly, of imitative origin (Cf. Low Ger. schrell, Ger. schrill piercing, shrill ). The verb sense of to sound shrilly is recorded from c.1300 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 shrill — shrill·ness; shrill; …

    English syllables

  • 8 shrill — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a voice or sound) high pitched and piercing. 2) derogatory (of a complaint or demand) loud and forceful. ► VERB ▪ make a shrill noise. DERIVATIVES shrillness noun shrilly adverb. ORIGIN …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 shrill — [adj] high pitched, harsh in sound acute, argute, blaring, blatant, cacophonous, clanging, clangorous, deafening, discordant, ear piercing, earsplitting, high, metallic, noisy, penetrating, piercing, piping, raucous, screeching, sharp, strident,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 shrill — I UK [ʃrɪl] / US adjective Word forms shrill : adjective shrill comparative shriller superlative shrillest 1) a shrill noise or voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant a shrill cry/whistle 2) shrill words are repeated often and in a very firm… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 shrill — I. verb Etymology: Middle English; probably akin to Old English scrallettan to resound loudly more at skirl Date: 13th century transitive verb scream intransitive verb to utter or emit an acute piercing sound II. adjective Date: 14th century …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 shrill — shrill1 [ʃrıl] adj 1.) a shrill sound is very high and unpleasant ▪ That s not true, she protested in a shrill voice. ▪ a shrill whistle ▪ Fran uttered a shrill scream. 2.) shrill complaints, criticism, demands etc are too loud or strong and seem …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 shrill — [[t]ʃrɪ̱l[/t]] shriller, shrillest, shrills, shrilling, shrilled 1) ADJ GRADED A shrill sound is high pitched and unpleasant. Shrill cries and startled oaths flew up around us as pandemonium broke out. ...the shrill whistle of the engine... Mary… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 shrill — [[t]ʃrɪl[/t]] adj. er, est, v. n. adv. 1) high pitched and piercing: a shrill cry[/ex] 2) producing or marked by shrill sound 3) immoderate; strident 4) marked by great intensity: shrill incandescent light[/ex] 5) to cry shrilly 6) a shrill sound …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 shrill — shrillness, n. shrilly, adv. /shril/, adj., shriller, shrillest, v., n., adv. adj. 1. high pitched and piercing in sound quality: a shrill cry. 2. producing such a sound. 3. full of or characterized by such a sound: shrill music. 4. betraying… …

    Universalium

  • 16 shrill — shrill1 [ ʃrıl ] adjective a shrill noise or voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant: a shrill cry/whistle ╾ shrill|ness noun uncount shrill shrill 2 [ ʃrıl ] verb intransitive to make a loud high unpleasant sound a. transitive to say something… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 shrill — 1 adjective 1 a shrill sound is very high and unpleasant; piercing (1): He heard the shrill voice of a woman in the next room. | a shrill whistle 2 shrill words express repeated, often unreasonable complaints or criticism: We use quiet persuasion …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 shrill — /ʃrɪl / (say shril) adjective 1. high pitched and piercing: a shrill cry. 2. producing such sound. 3. full of such sound. 4. Poetic keen; piercing. –verb (i) 5. to cry shrilly. –verb (t) 6. to express in a shrill cry. –noun 7. a shrill sound. – …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 shrill — 1. adjective /ʃɹɪl/ a) High pitched and piercing. She spoke in a shrill voice. b) Sharp or keen to the senses. 2. verb /ʃɹɪl/ To make a shrill noise …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 shrill — adj. Shrill is used with these nouns: ↑bell, ↑blast, ↑cry, ↑laugh, ↑scream, ↑shriek, ↑tone, ↑voice, ↑whistle …

    Collocations dictionary


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