strident

Something that's strident is loud, grating, and obnoxious. Your roommate's strident laughter as he watches cartoons late into the night might inspire you to buy a pair of ear plugs.

Strident is related to the Latin word strix , meaning "screech owl." This is a kind of owl that doesn't hoot. It screeches in a strident way. Strident can also describe the forceful expression of an unpopular opinion. Don't confuse strident with striding, which means walking quickly with a wide step. If you're angry at your brother, you might come striding into his room and begin making a strident case for why he has done you wrong.

Definitions of strident
  1. adjective
    unpleasantly loud and harsh
    synonyms: raucous
    cacophonic, cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
  2. adjective
    conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
    strident demands”
    synonyms: blatant, clamant, clamorous, vociferous
    noisy
    full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds
  3. adjective
    being sharply insistent on being heard
    strident demands”
    synonyms: shrill
    imperative
    requiring attention or action
  4. adjective
    of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
    synonyms: continuant, fricative, sibilant, spirant
    soft
    (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')
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