Definition for SHRILL

SHRILL, a. [W. grill, a sharp noise; Arm. scrilh; a cricket, L. gryllus, Fr. grillon, Sp. and It. grillo; It. strillare, to scream.]

  1. Sharp; acute; piercing; as sound; as, a shrill voice; shrill echoes. – Shak.
  2. Uttering an acute sound; as, the cock's shrill sounding throat; a shrill trumpet. Note. A shrill sound may be tremulous or trilling; but this circumstance is not essential to it, although it seems to be from the root of trill.

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