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screech (v.)

1570s, alteration of scritch (mid-13c., schrichen), possibly of imitative origin (compare shriek). Related: Screeched; screeching. Screech-owl is attested from 1590s (scritch-owl is from 1520s).

screech (n.)

1550s, from screech (v.). Earlier scritch (1510s).

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Definitions of screech
1
screech (v.)
make a high-pitched, screeching noise;
Synonyms: whine / squeak / creak / screak / skreak
screech (v.)
utter a harsh abrupt scream;
Synonyms: squawk / screak / skreak / skreigh
2
screech (n.)
a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry;
Synonyms: screeching / shriek / shrieking / scream / screaming
screech (n.)
sharp piercing cry;
Synonyms: scream / screaming / shriek / shrieking / screeching
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