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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrillnessnoun

    the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses

    "the shrillness of her hair color"

  2. shrillness, stridence, stridencynoun

    having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound


  1. shrillnessnoun

    The property of being shrill.

  2. shrillnessnoun

    The result or product of being shrill.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shrillnessnoun

    The quality of being shrill.

    Etymology: from shrill.


  1. Shrillness

    Shrillness is a word used to describe the quality of sounds that have a high-pitched, strident, raucous, screeching or harsh character, such as those produced by a trumpet or piccolo, but it can also be used to describe a widely recognised and puzzling phenomenon whereby certain sounds are perceived as psychologically painful or aversive to a degree that cannot be accounted for simply in terms of frequency content or loudness. Such sounds include the sound of fingernails scraping a chalkboard, the sound of chalk on a blackboard, the sound of glass being scratched, and possibly the sound of a baby crying. There have been attempts to explain the phenomenon, often in terms of frequency content, or evolutionary advantage, but so far no complete explanation or mechanism has been found.


  1. shrillness

    Shrillness is a characteristic of a sound that is high-pitched, piercing, and often unpleasant or distressing to hear. It typically refers to noises that are loud, sharp, and strident.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrillnessnoun

    the quality or state of being shrill

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrillness in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrillness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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