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Definition of "screech" [screech]

  • A high-pitched, strident cry. (noun)
  • A sound suggestive of this cry: the screech of train brakes. (noun)
  • To utter in or as if in a screech. (verb-transitive)
  • To cry out in a high-pitched, strident voice. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a sound suggestive of a screech: Tires screeched on the wet pavement. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "screech" in a sentence
  • "In that interview, the producer also revealed that Gordon-Levitt will have his own take on the character's famous high-pitched screech from the 80's animated series."
  • "As my spirit passed through the last stage to death, I felt a warmth spread throughout my entire body and heard a piercing screech from a faraway place called life."
  • "Hans catches the word screech and takes it as his cue."