from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. High-pitched and piercing in tone or sound: the shrill wail of a siren.
- adj. Producing a sharp, high-pitched tone or sound: a shrill fife.
- adj. Sharp or keen to the senses; harshly vivid: shrill colors.
- transitive v. To utter in a shrill manner; scream.
- intransitive v. To produce a shrill cry or sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. High-pitched and piercing.
- adj. Sharp or keen to the senses.
- v. To make a shrill noise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound; -- said of a sound, or of that which produces a sound.
- n. A shrill sound.
- intransitive v. To utter an acute, piercing sound; to sound with a sharp, shrill tone; to become shrill.
- transitive v. To utter or express in a shrill tone; to cause to make a shrill sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter or emit a keen, piercing, high-pitched sound.
- To sound shrilly; be shrill.
- To cause to give out a shrill sound.
- To utter or produce with a shrill sound.
- Sharp and piercing in sound; high and keen (somewhat disagreeably so) in voice or note: the common use of the word.
- Emitting or capable of emitting a sharp, high, piercing sound.
- Piercing; sharp; affecting the senses sharply or keenly; bright.
- n. A keen or piercing sound.
- In a shrill manner; shrilly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. utter a shrill cry
- adj. of colors that are bright and gaudy
- adj. being sharply insistent on being heard
- adj. having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
Middle English shrille.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English shrille. (Wiktionary)