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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

shriek

1 verb
     
shriek1
1 [intransitive] to make a very high loud sound, especially because you are afraid, angry, excited, or in pain [= scream]:
They were dragged from their homes, shrieking and weeping.
He shrieked in agony.
shriek with
A group of students were shrieking with laughter.
2 [transitive] to say something in a high loud voice because you are excited, afraid, or angry [= scream]:
'I'm pregnant,' she shrieked.
shriek at
'I'll kill you,' Anne shrieked at him.

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