V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, verb

Definition: (adj.) loud and high-pitched; (v.) to scream in a high-pitched way

Synonyms: (adj.) high-pitched, blaring, piercing, (v.) screech, scream

Antonyms: (adj.) muffled, soft, (v.) whisper

Tips: Shrill is a more precise way to describe a loud, screechy noise or scream. Shrill can also refer to something that has an insistent or unpleasant quality.

Usage Examples:

He instantly woke up when he heard the shrill of the smoke alarm. (screech) noun

After she stubbed her toe, she let out a shrill scream. (high-pitched) adjective

The shrill whistle of the train warned everyone to watch out. (high-pitched) adjective

The noise was so shrill it hurt my ears. (piercing) adjective

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