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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.


1. producing a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched cry
2. producing a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched sound
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.screeching - a high-pitched noise resembling a human cryscreeching - a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry; "he ducked at the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the brakes"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
2.screeching - sharp piercing cryscreeching - sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell, call - a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
References in classic literature ?
There was a tremendous snarling and spitting and screeching.
On those occasions the sense of superiority which the large bird feels every where over the small, warmed their cool blood, and set them screeching cheerfully in the stillness of the night.
The retreat, I maintained-- and I was right--was caused by the screeching of the steam-whistle.
The mottled, pin-headed guinea-hens, always resentful of captivity, ran screeching out into the tunnel and tried to poke their ugly, painted faces through the snow walls.
Their prodigious bounds and the shrill, screeching purr of their uncanny mouths were well calculated to confuse and terrorize their prey, so that as two of them leaped simultaneously from either side, the mighty sweep of those awful tails met with no resistance and two more green Martians went down to an ignoble death.
The pirate birds were screeching among the leaves of the palms.
The screeching from the village below grew louder and more hideous every minute.
She looks a state and sounds like a screeching banshe.
I accept that the honorable member is an expert on screeching," responded David Mundell from the dispatch box without batting an eyelid.
2 Is all anyone else wants for Christmas never to have to listen again to Mariah Carey screeching All I Want For Christmas Is You?
BOOZING, roaring, screeching abuse at nightclub staff.
For the past few weeks when my husband gets it out of the garage, he starts it up and sometimes gets a terrible screeching noise, which continues as he reverses out.