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Meaning & Definition of Shrill in English

English

Shrill

/ʃrɪl/

verb

1. Utter a shrill cry

    synonym:
  • shriek
  • ,
  • shrill
  • ,
  • pipe up
  • ,
  • pipe

adjective

1. Having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

  • "A shrill whistle"
  • "A shrill gaiety"
    synonym:
  • shrill
  • ,
  • sharp

2. Being sharply insistent on being heard

  • "Strident demands"
  • "Shrill criticism"
    synonym:
  • strident
  • ,
  • shrill

3. Of colors that are bright and gaudy

  • "A shrill turquoise"
    synonym:
  • shrill

Examples of using

All at once, I heard a shrill cry.