Meaning of “shriek” in the English Dictionary

"shriek" in British English

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shrieknoun [ C ]

uk /ʃriːk/ us /ʃriːk/

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.

shriekverb [ I or T ]

uk /ʃriːk/ us /ʃriːk/

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.

(Definition of “shriek” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shriek" in American English

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shrieknoun [ C ]

us /ʃrik/

a loud, high cry:

the shriek of sea gulls
She heard a high-pitched shriek.
verb [ I/T ] us /ʃrik/

[ I ] We shrieked with laughter.

(Definition of “shriek” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)