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

adj unpleasantly loud and harsh

Synonyms:
raucous
cacophonic, cacophonous
having an unpleasant sound

adj 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

adj being sharply insistent on being heard

strident demands”
Synonyms:
shrill
imperative
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')

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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