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English definition of “shriek”

shriek

noun [C] uk   /ʃriːk/ us  
a short, loud, high cry, especially one produced suddenly as an expression of a powerful emotion: shrieks of delight He suddenly let out a piercing shriek.

shriek

verb [I or T] uk   /ʃriːk/ us  
to make such a cry: We shrieked with laughter when we realized how stupid we'd been. I tried to apologize, but he just shrieked abuse at me. [+ speech] "Don't you dare do that ever again!" she shrieked.
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