[ adjective ] high-pitched and sharp


sharp piercing


"piercing screams" "a shrill whistle"

Used in print

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

It began invariably in low tones , almost conversational , and then gradually worked_up to high , shrill appeals to God and man .

(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)

The first shrill ring of the telephone brought Harold out into the hall .

(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)

He expected Concetta 's thin hand to reach down to grasp the boy , and her shrill , impetuous voice to sound against the rotundity of his disfigured flesh that was never sure of hearing anything .

Related terms


[ verb ] utter a shrill cry

Used in print

(James D. Horan, The Shadow Catcher....)

Other Indians were running at the ponies , shrilling and waving blankets .

(R. Leslie Gourse, With Gall and Honey....)

The little boys shrilled out a Yiddish translation or interpretation of the Five Books of Moses , which they had previously chanted in Hebrew .

Related terms

shout yowl scream shrilling