Pronunciation: (shril), [key]
—adj., -er, -est,
—v., n., adv.
1. high-pitched and piercing in sound quality: a shrill cry.
2. producing such a sound.
3. full of or characterized by such a sound: shrill music.
4. betraying some strong emotion or attitude in an exaggerated amount, as antagonism or defensiveness.
5. marked by great intensity; keen: the shrill, incandescent light of the exploding bomb.
to cry shrilly.
a shrill sound.
in a shrill manner; shrilly.
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