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

adj unpleasantly loud and harsh

cacophonic, cacophonous
having an unpleasant sound

adj conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

strident demands”
blatant, clamant, clamorous, vociferous
full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds

adj being sharply insistent on being heard

strident demands”
requiring attention or action

adj of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')

continuant, fricative, sibilant, spirant
(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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