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1. A high-pitched, strident cry.
2. A sound suggestive of this cry: the screech of train brakes.
v. screeched, screech·ing, screech·es
To utter in a screech or high-pitched voice.
1. To cry out in a high-pitched, strident voice.
2. To make a sound suggestive of a screech: Tires screeched on the wet pavement.

[Alteration of obsolete scrich, from Middle English scrichen, to screech, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skrækja.]

screech′er n.
screech′i·ness n.
screech′y adj.


adj, -ier or -iest
loud and shrill
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Adj.1.screechy - having or making a high-pitched sound such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge
high-pitched, high - used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency