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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.
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1. producing a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched cry
2. producing a shrill, harsh, or high-pitched sound
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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"
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"On the surface, Eurovision is a screechingly hilarious fun-filled campfest to be applauded and enjoyed.
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Kenny is unabashed by the bathroom dilemma and when he's in the shower he belts out 1988 Bros hits, including the screechingly high harmonies.
Route 12 is an annoying reality, complete with the obnoxiously loud boom of a raucous car radio at the convenience store opposite, and a screechingly loud drag race at another point - enough discomfort to justify police attention at some point.