Pronunciation Noun

scream (plural screams)

  1. A loud, emphatic, exclamation of extreme emotion, especially horror, fear, excitement, or anger; it may comprise a word or a sustained, high-pitched vowel sound.
  2. (music) A form of singing associated with the metal and screamo styles of music. It is a loud, rough, distorted version of the voice; rather than the normal voice of the singer.
  3. (informal) Used as an intensifier
    We had a real scream of a time at the beach.
  4. (printers' slang) exclamation mark
Translations Verb

scream (screams, present participle screaming; past and past participle screamed)

  1. To cry out with a shrill voice; to utter a sudden, sharp outcry, or shrill, loud cry, as in fright or extreme pain; to shriek; to screech.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
      I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry.
  2. To move quickly; to race.
    He almost hit a pole, the way he came screaming down the hill.
  3. (informal) To be very indicative of; clearly having the characteristics of.
    Do you know what screams "I'm obnoxious"? People who feel the need to comment on every little thing they notice.
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