What does scream mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scream, screaming, shriek, shrieking, screech, screechingnoun

    sharp piercing cry

    "her screaming attracted the neighbors"

  2. screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking, scream, screamingnoun

    a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry

    "he ducked at the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the brakes"

  3. belly laugh, sidesplitter, howler, thigh-slapper, scream, wow, riotverb

    a joke that seems extremely funny

  4. shout, shout out, cry, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squallverb

    utter a sudden loud cry

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

  5. yell, screamverb

    utter or declare in a very loud voice

    "You don't have to yell--I can hear you just fine"

  6. screamverb

    make a loud, piercing sound

    "Fighter planes are screaming through the skies"


  1. screamnoun

    A loud, emphatic, exclamation of extreme emotion, usually horror, fear, excitement et cetera. Can be the exclamation of a word, but is usually a sustained, high-pitched vowel sound, particularly /æ/ or /i/, in any case, the loudest and most emphatic sound a human can make tends to be a scream. The term is not generally applied to sounds made by non-humans.

  2. screamnoun

    An entertainingly outrageous person.

  3. screamnoun

    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.

  4. screamverb

    To make the sound of a scream.

  5. screamverb

    To move quickly; to race.

    He almost hit a pole, the way he came screaming down the hill.

  6. Etymology: shreamen (compare Old Norwegian skræma). related to shriek, skrike. cognate with West Frisian skrieme (to weep) German schreien (Schrei)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Screamnoun

    A shrill quick loud cry of terrour or pain.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,
    Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death. William Shakespeare.

    Then flash’d the livid lightning from her eyes,
    And screams of horror rend th’ affrighted skies. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Screamverb

    Etymology: hreman . Saxon.

    Soon a whirlwind rose around,
    And from afar he heard a screaming sound,
    As of a dame distress’d, who cry’d for aid,
    And fill’d with loud laments the secret shade. Dryden.

    The fearful matrons raise a screaming cry,
    Old feeble men with fainter groans reply;
    A jarring sound results, and mingles in the sky. Dryden.

    If chance a mouse creeps in her sight,
    Can finely counterfeit a fright;
    So sweetly screams, if it comes near her,
    She ravishes all hearts to hear her. Jonathan Swift.

    I heard the owl scream, and the crickets cry. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Screamverb

    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

  2. Screamnoun

    a sharp, shrill cry, uttered suddenly, as in terror or in pain; a shriek; a screech

  3. Etymology: [Icel. skraema to scare, terrify; akin to Sw. skrma, Dan. skraemme. Cf. Screech.]


  1. Scream

    Scream is a hardcore punk band from Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia active from 1981 to 1990. In 2009 the band reunited, and as of January 2012 were on tour in Europe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scream

    skrēm, v.i. to cry out with a shrill cry, as in fear or pain: to shriek.—n. a shrill, sudden cry, as in fear or pain: a shriek.—n. Scream′er, one who screams: a genus of South American birds about the size of the turkey, with loud, harsh cry: (U.S. slang) a bouncer.—Screaming farce, one highly ludicrous. [Scand., Ice. skræma, Sw. skrämma, to fear; cf. Screech, Shriek.]

Editors Contribution

  1. screamverb

    Scream can also be a verb used when one is experiencing pleasure or joy. Someone may scream at a concert because it's fun and someone else may scream while having sex.

    Submitted by 1234_1 on January 25, 2022  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scream' in Verbs Frequency: #577

Anagrams for scream »

  1. creams

  2. macers

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scream in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scream in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of scream in a Sentence

  1. Karen Searle:

    He is accustomed to being touched, so he wouldn't scream his little head off when someone picked him up.

  2. Atsushi Hirano:

    My grandfather didn't really like to speak about the war. At night, he would moan in his sleep. He would scream sometimes and I assumed it was because of the war, but I always thought I couldn't ask about it and then he died six years ago. I wish I had asked him more.

  3. David Arquette:

    I am thrilled to be playing Dewey Riley again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new, scream has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and David Arquette, I look forward to honoring Wes Craven's legacy.

  4. Teresa Carter:

    I heard shots, and I heard the girl scream, and then I heard four more shots.

  5. Tyson Steele:

    And I thought he was not inside, i was hysterical... I have no words for what sorrow ; it was just, just a scream.

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