- IPA: /ʃɹiːk/
shriek (plural shrieks)
- A sharp, shrill outcry or scream; a shrill wild cry such as is caused by sudden or extreme terror, pain, or the like.
- Shrieks, clamours, murmurs, fill the frighted town.
- 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5:
- Sabor, the lioness, was a wise hunter. To one less wise the wild alarm of her fierce cry as she sprang would have seemed a foolish thing, for could she not more surely have fallen upon her victims had she but quietly leaped without that loud shriek?
- (UK, slang) An exclamation mark.
- French: hurlement
- German: Kreischen
- Portuguese: guincho
- Russian: пронзительный крик m, визг
- Spanish: alarido, chillido
shriek (shrieks, present participle shrieking; past and past participle shrieked)
- (intransitive) To utter a loud, sharp, shrill sound or cry, as do some birds and beasts; to scream, as in a sudden fright, in horror or anguish.
- 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]:
- It was the owl that shrieked.
- At this she shrieked aloud; the mournful train / Echoed her grief.
- (transitive) To utter sharply and shrilly; to utter in or with a shriek or shrieks.
- The ghostly owl, shrieking his baleful note.
- She shrieked his name to the dark woods.
- German: kreischen