- 1(Of a person or animal) give a loud, harsh, piercing cry: she hit her brother, causing him to screech with painMore example sentences
- Animals added their noises to the din, poultry screeching and draft animals lowing as they were displayed and examined.
- Whenever mom got really, really mad she started screeching like a parrot.
- The girl was screeching and wailing at the same time as clawing and pinching Leanne.
- 1.1Make a loud, harsh, squealing sound: (as adjective screeching) she brought the car to a screeching haltMore example sentences
- An engine rumbled behind him then the sound of old tyres screeching against the tarmac.
- I could hear cars and lorries screeching to a halt.
- On the way home I saw a car skidding down the road, tyres screeching against the concrete, hideously loud.
- 1.2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move rapidly with a loud, harsh, squealing sound: the van screeched round a bend at speedMore example sentences
- Tom was probably going to say something else, but at that moment there was a loud bang and the bus went screeching to the right.
- Suddenly, like a scene from an action movie, a Humberside Police van screeches up the kerb and four men in full riot gear and helmets leap on to the pavement.
- Ray and Rita have already climbed into their van and screeched away which makes any immediate peace negotiations impossible.
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- 1A loud, harsh, piercing cry: Mary tried to drown her screeches by shaking herMore example sentences
- The piercing screech from the next room was so immediate and pained that it snapped me to instant alertness.
- Her mouth opened wide and she let out a piercing screech.
- She let out a loud screech, and he laughed again and pulled her back up.
- 1.1A loud, harsh, squealing sound: a screech of brakesMore example sentences
- The screech modulates into the sound of thousands of marbles clattering against each other at high speed.
- Glenn opened his mouth to respond, but quickly snapped it shut when the unmistakable sound of sirens echoed down the tunnels, the screech of brakes, someone yelling.
- The next sound was the screech of metal as an ‘unstoppable’ juggernaut ground to a halt.
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- It's a dangerous work to program for a soprano, because it has some tortuous reaches and it sometimes turns competent sopranos into screechers.
- They've edited it down, speeded it up, added a gospelly backing, and turned a ropey old screecher into a miniature classic.
- While most people her age are busily engaged in the activity of digesting brisket, the modernist screecher is still among the living, shaking the pillars of heaven.
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- I thought the actor playing Evita was very good, but she got a bit screechy when she wanted to be loud or put a lot of emphasis on the lines.
- The first track opens abruptly with high volume screechy staccato guitars and some guy screaming his guts out.
- Your contributors are entitled to their opinions, but the political comments have recently taken on a screechy tone that leave me cold.
mid 16th century: alteration of archaic scritch, of imitative origin.