- 1Give a long, loud, piercing cry or cries expressing extreme emotion or pain: they could hear him screaming in pain (as adjective screaming) a harassed mum with a screaming childMore example sentences
- The victim's older brother recalled seeing his brother in the garden seconds before he heard him screaming in pain.
- I went outside and phoned all our friends and family, and came back to the ward to hear your mother screaming with pain.
- I screamed when the pain began then bit my bottom lip refusing to scream again.
- 1.1 [reporting verb] Cry something in a high-pitched, frenzied way: [no object]: I ran to the house screaming for help [with direct speech]: ‘Get out!’ he screamed [with object]: he screamed abuse down the phoneMore example sentences
- There are the odd occasions where they shout and scream abuse and are taken off to Westlea Police Station.
- He was driven to Harrogate police station screaming abuse throughout the journey.
- If most of your weekends are spent watching the footy and screaming instructions and abuse at the players on TV, then why not put your vast football knowledge to better use.
- 1.2Urgently and vociferously call attention to one’s views or feelings, especially ones of anger or distress: [with clause]: his supporters scream that he is being done an injustice • figurative the creative side of me is screaming out for attentionMore example sentences
- At some point, though, our inner lives may scream for our attention, and this can come as a complete surprise.
- A small child in the back room screams for attention, waking another child in the cradle in the far side of the living room.
- A thousand questions are screaming for attention at the back of my skull, and it's hard ignoring them all.
- 2Make a loud, high-pitched sound: sirens were screaming from all over the cityMore example sentences
- The sirens screamed even louder as the ambulance had arrived.
- The loud sirens screamed through the quiet night lighting up everything in its path.
- There are firetrucks and ambulances everywhere, sirens screaming.
- 2.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move very rapidly with or as if with a loud, high-pitched sound: a shell screamed overheadMore example sentences
- He launched himself into a spectacular overhead kick that screamed past Walker into the Walsall net.
- The young Spaniard swung at it and sent the ball screaming past the helpless Gianluigi Buffon and into the left-hand side of the Juve goal.
- Overhead, salvo after salvo of heavy shells screamed through the sky from Allied warships pounding German positions.
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- 1A long, loud, piercing cry expressing extreme emotion or pain: they were awakened by screams for helpMore example sentences
- She winced every time she heard the loud screams of heart-break and pain that exploded from Mrs. Lane's mouth.
- He had been told to ‘mind his own business’ when he complained about the police brutality after having heard the screams of pain from his brother.
- As the door swung closed, they could hear screams of pain.
- 1.1A high-pitched cry made by an animal: the screams of the seagullsMore example sentences
- A low rumbling and high-pitched scream of an animal came from somewhere out in the fog.
- He grabbed it around the neck and the animal let out a scream of fear.
- Alain cupped his ears as the creature's high pitched scream shattered every window pane in the room.
- 2A loud, piercing sound: the scream of a falling bombMore example sentences
- Then the world was reduced to a maddening thrum frequently pierced by the high-pitched scream of generators.
- They weren't really alarms; they were more like high-pitched whistles or screams.
- From the hallway, the high-pitched screams of the heart monitor could be clearly heard and it resonated in Lucas' ears.
- 3 [in singular] • informal An irresistibly funny person, thing, or situation: the movie’s a screamMore example sentences
laugh; hoot, comedy• informal , • dated yellSee also funnywit, hoot, comedian, comic, entertainer, joker, clown, buffoon• informal character, gas, giggle, riotAustralian/New Zealand • informal hard case• informal , • dated caution, case, card, yell
- Some of the perfunctory descriptions they offer of the movies they sell on DVD are a scream.
- According to my sources, the movie, titled In The Closet, is a real scream.
Middle English: origin uncertain; perhaps from Middle Dutch.