October 24, 2012
- shriek (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to utter a sharp shrill cry2 : to cry out in a high-pitched voice
- How do you use it?
- Students involved in the school's Halloween haunted house practiced their roles as ghosts and monsters, making their classmates shriek as they popped out of nowhere.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "shriek"?"Shriek" and "shout" both mean to utter a loud cry. "Shout" suggests any kind of loud cry that is meant to be heard either far away or above other noise (as in "shouting to friends across the street"). "Shriek" suggests a high-pitched shrill cry that is a sign of strong feeling ("children shrieking with excitement"). "Screech," another synonym, suggests a drawn-out shriek that is usually without words and is very harsh and unpleasant ("cats fighting and screeching").