Definitions for shrillʃrɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shrillʃrɪl(adj.; v.; n.; adv.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)high-pitched and piercing:

    a shrill cry.

  2. producing or marked by shrill sound.

  3. immoderate; strident.

  4. marked by great intensity:

    shrill incandescent light.

  5. (v.i.)to cry shrilly.

  6. (n.)a shrill sound.

  7. (adv.)in a shrill manner; shrilly.

Origin of shrill:

1300–50; ME shrille (adj., v.); akin to OE scrallettan to sound loudly


Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrill, sharp(adj)

    having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

    "a shrill whistle"; "a shrill gaiety"

  2. strident, shrill(adj)

    being sharply insistent on being heard

    "strident demands"; "shrill criticism"

  3. shrill(verb)

    of colors that are bright and gaudy

    "a shrill turquoise"

  4. shriek, shrill, pipe up, pipe(verb)

    utter a shrill cry

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shrill(adjective)ʃrɪl

    unpleasantly high-pitched

    a shrill voice


  1. shrill(Verb)

    To make a shrill noise.

  2. shrill(Adjective)

    High-pitched and piercing.

    She spoke in a shrill voice.

  3. shrill(Adjective)

    Sharp or keen to the senses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrill(verb)

    acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound; -- said of a sound, or of that which produces a sound

  2. Shrill(noun)

    a shrill sound

  3. Shrill(verb)

    to utter an acute, piercing sound; to sound with a sharp, shrill tone; to become shrill

  4. Shrill(verb)

    to utter or express in a shrill tone; to cause to make a shrill sound

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