shrill




A shrill sound is high pitched and sharp, like the squeak of the mouse in your cupboard or the sound of your “eek” when you hear it.

Closer to a shriek than a trill, a shrill tone is one that might make you cover your ears, usually because the tone is so high and sharp. A high pitched voice, a classroom of excited first graders, or the sound of chalk scraping the board can all be shrill, as can a color or light that looks as sharp and intense as a shrill tone sounds.

Definitions of shrill
  1. adjective

    having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

    “a
    shrill whistle”
    “a
    shrill gaiety”
    synonyms:
    piercing, sharp

    high, high-pitched

    used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
  2. adjective

    being sharply insistent on being heard

    shrill criticism”
    synonyms:
    strident

    imperative

    requiring attention or action
  3. adjective

    of colors that are bright and gaudy

    “a
    shrill turquoise”
    Synonyms:

    colorful, colourful

    having striking color
  4. verb

    utter a shrill cry

    synonyms:
    pipe, pipe up, shriek
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    types:

    caterwaul, yowl

    utter shrieks, as of cats
    type of:

    call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell

    utter a sudden loud cry

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