|Origin:||scritch 'to screech' (13-20 centuries), from the sound|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to shout loudly in an unpleasant high voice because you are angry, afraid, or excited [= shriek, scream]:
'Look out!' she screeched.
They screeched with laughter.
She screeched at me to take off my muddy shoes.
if a vehicle screeches, its wheels make a high unpleasant noise as it moves along or stops:
A van screeched onto the road in front of me.
The car screeched to a halt.
—screech noun [countable]
a screech of laughter
a screech of tyres