• Screech-owl
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v screech utter a harsh abrupt scream
    • v screech make a high-pitched, screeching noise "The door creaked when I opened it slowly","My car engine makes a whining noise"
    • n screech sharp piercing cry "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
    • n screech a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry "he ducked at the screechings of shells","he heard the scream of the brakes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
    • n Screech A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream.
    • v. i Screech skrēch To utter a harsh, shrill cry; to make a sharp outcry, as in terror or acute pain; to scream; to shriek. "The screech owl, screeching loud."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • screech To cry out with a sharp, shrill voice; scream harshly or stridently; shriek.
    • screech Synonyms See scream, n.
    • screech To utter (a screech).
    • n screech A sharp, shrill cry; a harsh scream.
    • n screech Any sharp, shrill noise: as, the screech of a railway-whistle.
    • n screech In ornithology, the mistlethrush, Turdus viscivorus.
    • n screech Synonyms Shriek, etc. See scream.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Screech skrēch to utter a harsh, shrill, and sudden cry
    • n Screech a harsh, shrill, and sudden cry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Also formerly, scritch, OE. skriken, skrichen, schriken, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skrækja, to shriek, to screech, skrīkja, to titter, Sw. skrika, to shriek, Dan. skrige,; also Gael. sgreach, sgreuch, W. ysgrechio, Skr. kharj, to creak. Cf. Shriek (v.) Scream (v.)


In literature:

If they was nine-inch, they would 'ave more screech.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
The bird, singled out for the dismal honour of being a death prognosticator, was the tawny, or screech owl.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
The chorus are owls; they can stare and screech, but they know nothing.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
What a bird she was to screech!
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
They might yell and screech and shoot arrows at each other for hours, with very little loss.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
All three fell, but rose again with a united screech and fled back to the bushes.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
The challenger spun away in a screeching shrill of music.
"The Yillian Way" by John Keith Laumer
Steve had almost reached the spring when all at once a shrill scolding screech rang out, cutting the stillness as with a sharp knife.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
There ain't so many of them screeching now, anyhow!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Wild-cats quarreled like fiends over the pickings; more than once I heard them there screeching in the night.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
One of them spun his head around a full ninety degrees, and screeched 'T-r-r-rweee-r-rl!
"Valley of Dreams" by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
It roared an screeched, an yowlted, an hissed, an the weeds crackled like a million o' wagon-whups!
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The teachers will hear you if you screech so loud.
"The Lilac Lady" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Jerry uttered one terrific screech that echoed far and wide through the forest.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
An owl screeches off in the hollow somewhere.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Mary jumped and opened it with a screech.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
The noise grew louder, took on speed and rose in a crescendo almost to a screech.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 19, 1920" by Various
But suddenly the reel began to screech.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
In the meantime the Earl was screeching meaningless rubbish in which my name, with epithets, occurred constantly.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
As Hervey entered the valley and became lost to view in the sombre woods, he was greeted by the woeful cry of a screech-owl.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

But when I lie awake at night
And think about Aunt Jane,
I long to make her yell with fright
And screech with fearful pain.
"A Little Boys Ideas" by John Joy Bell
"She'll come when she hears it crying,
In the shape of an owl or bat,
And she'll bring us our darling Anna
In place of her screeching brat."
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, what was her guerdon and her haste,
While cried the far screech-owl in the tree,
And to her heart crept its note so lone,
Beating tremulously?
"A Ballad Of The Mist" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
And one king screamed like fun
And the other king screeched like mad,
And a boat was lowered
And took them aboard;
And, my! but those kings were glad!
"Two Old Kings" by Carolyn Wells
An infant wailing in nameless fear;
A shadow, perchance, in the quiet room,
Or the hum of an insect flying near,
Or the screech-owl's cry, in the outer gloom.
"Life" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And women and children rushed to the deck in wild despair,
And, paralyeed with terror, many women tore theu hair;
And some prayed to God for help, and wildly did screech,
But, alas! poor souls, help was not within their reach.
"The Burning of the Ship 'Kent'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Screech skydives with the Golden Knights.
Screech throws Phillies fans out of Natmobile.
The $1 million fundraising screech .
What to look for to tell apart Eastern, Western, and Whiskered Screech -Owls.
The screech -owls just might qualify as North America's most overlooked birds.
This evening, I picked up the warbled tones of a E. Screech Owl on my outside monitor.
Dustin " Screech " Diamond has run into some difficulties with his tell-all memoir about his days on Saved by the Bell.
Under Obama, the Envoy Convoy May Screech to a Halt.
Are we wrong in thinking that, by not saying anything (relatively), Screech comes out ahead in this verbal battle.
I'm sure it would 've been funny though to see a giant foam Screech from SBTB out there though.
I can always tell when they are visiting by the screeching of the jays.
Louie Toth photographed this Eastern Screech-Owl in his backyard in Austin, Texas.
Little meshweaver brings San Antonio to a screeching stop.
School projects come to screeching halt over health, security concerns.
Demolition has come to a screeching halt on two Richmond County schools because the sites are not secure.