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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from Middle Dutch schreem


2 noun
Related topics: Colours and Sounds
scream2 [countable]
1 a loud high sound that you make with your voice because you are hurt, frightened, excited etc [= shriek]:
We heard screams coming from the flat.
She saw the knife and let out a scream.
scream of laughter/terror etc
He fell back with a scream of terror and pain.
2C a very loud high sound:
the scream of a jet taking off

a scream

informal someone or something that is very funny:
The film was a scream!

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