[ adjective ] high-pitched and sharp
"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 .
[ 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 .