Definition for SCREECH

SCREECH, v.i. [Sw. skrika; Dan. skriger; G. schreien, W. ysgreçian, from creçian, to creak; Ir. screachaim. See Screak and Shriek, and Class Rg, No. 1, 4, 49, 50.]

  1. To cry out with a sharp shrill voice; to utter a sudden shrill cry, as in terror or acute pain; to scream; to shriek. Bacon.
  2. To utter a sharp cry, as an owl; thence called screech-owl.

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