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Meaning of “scream” in the English Dictionary

"scream" in British English

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screamverb

uk   us   /skriːm/
  • scream verb (MAKE NOISE)

B1 [I or T] to ​cry or say something ​loudly and usually on a high ​note, ​especially because of ​strongemotions such as ​fear, ​excitement, or ​anger: A ​spiderlanded on her ​pillow and she screamed. Through the ​smoke, the rescuers could ​hearpeople screaming forhelp. He was screaming in/withpain and ​begging for ​anaesthetic. They screamed withlaughter at her ​jokes. Ken screamed (out) a ​warningtellingpeople to get out of the way. Mrs Brown screamed (= ​shoutedangrily) at Joel fordropping the test-tube. I've never ​found screaming (and ​shouting) (= ​shoutingangrily) at my ​staff to be very ​effective. [+ speech] "I ​wish you were ​dead!" she screamed (= ​shoutedangrily). I ​tried to ​apologize, but he just screamed abuse/​obscenities at me. [I + adv/prep] If a ​vehicle screams, it ​moves very ​quickly making a ​loud high ​sound: The ​cars screamed round the ​bend/past the ​spectators. [I] to make a ​loud, high ​sound: The ​ambulanceraced round the ​corner with ​itstyres screaming.

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screamnoun [C]

uk   us   /skriːm/
  • scream noun [C] (NOISE)

B1 a ​loud, high ​sound you make when very ​frightened, ​excited, or ​angry: a scream ofpain/​rage/​joy/​laughter No one ​heardtheir screams. She let out a piercing/​shrill scream.
  • scream noun [C] (FUN)

informal a ​person, thing, or ​situation that is very ​funny: Jane's such a scream - her ​jokes have me in ​stitches.
(Definition of scream from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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screamverb [I/T]

 us   /skrim/
to ​cry or say something ​loudly and usually on a high ​note, esp. because of ​strongemotions such as ​fear, ​excitement, or ​anger: [I] The ​children screamed in ​delight as they sledded down the ​hill. [I] Some ​people still trapped in the ​wreckage screamed for ​help.

screamnoun [C]

 us   /skrim/
a ​loud high ​sound you make when you are ​frightened, ​excited, or ​angry: screams of ​joy/​laughter/​pain slang A scream is someone or something that is very ​entertaining: Josie’s a ​real scream – she’s never ​serious.
(Definition of scream from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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