shrill


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shrill

 (shrĭl)
adj. shrill·er, shrill·est
1. High-pitched and piercing in tone or sound: the shrill wail of a siren.
2. Producing a sharp, high-pitched tone or sound: a shrill fife.
3. Sharp or keen to the senses; harshly vivid: shrill colors.
v. shrilled, shrill·ing, shrills
v.tr.
To utter in a shrill manner; scream.
v.intr.
To produce a shrill cry or sound.

[Middle English shrille.]

shrill′ness n.
shril′ly adv.

shrill

(ʃrɪl)
adj
1. sharp and high-pitched in quality
2. emitting a sharp high-pitched sound
vb
3. to utter (words, sounds, etc) in a shrill tone
4. (tr) rare to cause to produce a shrill sound
[C14: probably from Old English scralletan; related to German schrill shrill, Dutch schrallen to shriek]
ˈshrillness n
ˈshrilly adv

shrill

(ʃrɪl)

adj. -er, -est,
v.
n., adv. adj.
1. 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.
v.t., v.i.
5. to cry shrilly.
n.
6. a shrill sound.
adv.
7. in a shrill manner; shrilly.
[1300–50; Middle English shrille (adj., v.); akin to Old English scrallettan to sound loudly]
shrill′ness, n.
shril′ly, adv.

shrill


Past participle: shrilled
Gerund: shrilling

Imperative
shrill
shrill
Present
I shrill
you shrill
he/she/it shrills
we shrill
you shrill
they shrill
Preterite
I shrilled
you shrilled
he/she/it shrilled
we shrilled
you shrilled
they shrilled
Present Continuous
I am shrilling
you are shrilling
he/she/it is shrilling
we are shrilling
you are shrilling
they are shrilling
Present Perfect
I have shrilled
you have shrilled
he/she/it has shrilled
we have shrilled
you have shrilled
they have shrilled
Past Continuous
I was shrilling
you were shrilling
he/she/it was shrilling
we were shrilling
you were shrilling
they were shrilling
Past Perfect
I had shrilled
you had shrilled
he/she/it had shrilled
we had shrilled
you had shrilled
they had shrilled
Future
I will shrill
you will shrill
he/she/it will shrill
we will shrill
you will shrill
they will shrill
Future Perfect
I will have shrilled
you will have shrilled
he/she/it will have shrilled
we will have shrilled
you will have shrilled
they will have shrilled
Future Continuous
I will be shrilling
you will be shrilling
he/she/it will be shrilling
we will be shrilling
you will be shrilling
they will be shrilling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shrilling
you have been shrilling
he/she/it has been shrilling
we have been shrilling
you have been shrilling
they have been shrilling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shrilling
you will have been shrilling
he/she/it will have been shrilling
we will have been shrilling
you will have been shrilling
they will have been shrilling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shrilling
you had been shrilling
he/she/it had been shrilling
we had been shrilling
you had been shrilling
they had been shrilling
Conditional
I would shrill
you would shrill
he/she/it would shrill
we would shrill
you would shrill
they would shrill
Past Conditional
I would have shrilled
you would have shrilled
he/she/it would have shrilled
we would have shrilled
you would have shrilled
they would have shrilled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.shrill - utter a shrill cry
cry, scream, shout out, yell, squall, shout, holler, hollo, call - 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"
caterwaul, yowl - utter shrieks, as of cats
Adj.1.shrill - having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones ; "a shrill whistle"; "a shrill gaiety"
high-pitched, high - used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
2.shrill - being sharply insistent on being heard; "strident demands"; "shrill criticism"
imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
3.shrill - of colors that are bright and gaudy; "a shrill turquoise"
colorful, colourful - having striking color; "colorful autumn leaves"

shrill

adjective
1. piercing, high, sharp, acute, piping, penetrating, screeching, high-pitched, ear-splitting, ear-piercing the shrill whistle of the engine
piercing deep, soft, soothing, velvety, mellifluous, dulcet, sweet-sounding, well-modulated, silver-toned
verb
1. ring, buzz, trill The phone shrilled nearby, making her jump.

shrill

adjective
Elevated in pitch:
Music: acute.
verb
To utter a long, loud, piercing cry, as of pain or fright:
Translations
صَوْت حاد ومُجَلْجَل
pronikavý
hvellur, skrækur, skerandi
assgriezīgsspiedzīgs
rezek

shrill

[ʃrɪl]
A. ADJ (shriller (compar) (shrillest (superl))) [voice] → chillón, agudo; [sound] → estridente, agudo
B. VTgritar (con voz estridente)
C. VIchillar

shrill

[ˈʃrɪl]
adj
[voice, cry, whistle] → perçant(e), strident(e)
[protest, demand] → véhément(e)
vi [phone]
The phone shrilled → La sonnerie aiguë du téléphone a retenti.
vt [person] → crier d'une voix perçante

shrill

adj (+er)schrill; criticism, speechscharf; demandlautstark
vischrillen

shrill

[ʃrɪl] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (bell, sound) → acuto/a, penetrante; (laugh, voice) → stridulo/a; (demand, protest) → insistente

shrill

(ʃril) adjective
high-pitched and piercing. the shrill cry of a child.
ˈshrilly adverb
ˈshrillness noun
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But, like all happiness, it did not last long, for as sure as she had just reached the heart of the story, the sweetest verse of a song, or the most perilous adventure of her traveler, a shrill voice called, "Josy-phine
The voice that had been low and trembling became shrill and loud.
Her voice was high and rather shrill, and she often spoke with an anxious inflection, for she was exceedingly desirous that everything should go with due order and decorum.
Robert uttered a shrill, piercing whistle which might have been heard back at the wharf.
Then, without circumlocution or apology, first pronounced the word "Standish," and placing the unknown engine, already described, to his mouth, from which he drew a high, shrill sound, that was followed by an octave below, from his own voice, he commenced singing the following words, in full, sweet, and melodious tones, that set the music, the poetry, and even the uneasy motion of his ill- trained beast at defiance; "How good it is, O see, And how it pleaseth well, Together e'en in unity, For brethren so to dwell.
Goaded by their taunts, their loud, shrill cries, and cruel laughter,--insulted by the filth of the public ways, which they would fling upon him, --or, as it might well be, distracted by the mere strangeness of his situation, though nobody should afflict him with so much as a thoughtless word,--what wonder if Clifford were to break into some wild extravagance which was certain to be interpreted as lunacy?
Upon this, Fleece, holding both hands over the fishy mob, raised his shrill voice, and cried -- Cussed fellow-critters
The black, glassy eyes glittered with a kind of wicked drollery, and the thing struck up, in a clear shrill voice, an odd negro melody, to which she kept time with her hands and feet, spinning round, clapping her hands, knocking her knees together, in a wild, fantastic sort of time, and producing in her throat all those odd guttural sounds which distinguish the native music of her race; and finally, turning a summerset or two, and giving a prolonged closing note, as odd and unearthly as that of a steam-whistle, she came suddenly down on the carpet, and stood with her hands folded, and a most sanctimonious expression of meekness and solemnity over her face, only broken by the cunning glances which she shot askance from the corners of her eyes.
In a short time the shrill piping of a coming train was heard, and immediately groups of people began to gather in the street.
A catbird, the Northern mocker, lit in a tree over Tom's head, and trilled out her imitations of her neighbors in a rapture of enjoyment; then a shrill jay swept down, a flash of blue flame, and stopped on a twig almost within the boy's reach, cocked his head to one side and eyed the strangers with a consuming curiosity; a gray squirrel and a big fellow of the "fox" kind came skurrying along, sitting up at intervals to inspect and chatter at the boys, for the wild things had probably never seen a human being before and scarcely knew whether to be afraid or not.
His presence was painful; his eye flashed confusion; and seldom was his sharp, shrill voice heard, without producing horror and trembling in their ranks.
The housekeeper and her husband were both of that decent phlegmatic order of people, to whom one may at any time safely communicate a remarkable piece of news without incurring the danger of having one's ears pierced by some shrill ejaculation, and subsequently stunned by a torrent of wordy wonderment.