screech

To screech is to make a piercing, high-pitched sound. It can also be the sound itself. Want to hear a screech? Take a little kid’s lollipop away.

A screech is another word for a scream, shriek, or cry. It’s not fun to listen to. If a woman in a horror movie finds a bad guy in her closet, she’ll probably screech. If you surprise someone in the middle of the night, expect a screech. Things can also screech, like when a car screeches to a sudden stop at a red light.

Definitions of screech
  1. noun
    sharp piercing cry
    synonyms: scream, screaming, screeching, shriek, shrieking
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  2. noun
    a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
    synonyms: scream, screaming, screeching, shriek, shrieking
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  3. verb
    make a high-pitched, screeching noise
    synonyms: creak, screak, skreak, squeak, whine
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    type of:
    make noise, noise, resound
    emit a noise
  4. verb
    utter a harsh abrupt scream
    synonyms: screak, skreak, skreigh, squawk
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    type of:
    call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
    utter a sudden loud cry
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