Definition of Scream

1. Noun. Sharp piercing cry. "Her screaming attracted the neighbors"

Exact synonyms: Screaming, Screech, Screeching, Shriek, Shrieking
Generic synonyms: Call, Cry, Outcry, Shout, Vociferation, Yell
Derivative terms: Screech, Screechy, Shriek, Shriek

2. Verb. Utter a sudden loud cry. "Sam and Sue scream"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"

3. Noun. A high-pitched noise resembling a human cry. "He heard the scream of the brakes"
Exact synonyms: Screaming, Screech, Screeching, Shriek, Shrieking
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Screech, Screechy, Screech, Shriek

4. Verb. Utter or declare in a very loud voice. "Sam and Sue scream"; "You don't have to yell--I can hear you just fine"
Exact synonyms: Yell
Generic synonyms: Shout
Derivative terms: Screamer, Screamer, Yell, Yeller

5. Noun. A joke that seems extremely funny.
Exact synonyms: Belly Laugh, Howler, Riot, Sidesplitter, Thigh-slapper, Wow
Generic synonyms: Gag, Jape, Jest, Joke, Laugh
Derivative terms: Howl

6. Verb. Make a loud, piercing sound. "The meadows scream with animals "; "Fighter planes are screaming through the skies"
Generic synonyms: Make Noise, Noise, Resound
Derivative terms: Screaming

Definition of Scream

1. v. i. To cry out with a shrill voice; to utter a sudden, sharp outcry, or shrill, loud cry, as in fright or extreme pain; to shriek; to screech.

2. n. A sharp, shrill cry, uttered suddenly, as in terror or in pain; a shriek; a screech.

Definition of Scream

1. Noun. A loud, emphatic, exclamation of extreme emotion, usually horror, fear, excitement et cetera. Can be the exclamation of a word, but is usually a sustained, high-pitched vowel sound, particularly /æ/ or /i/, in any case, the loudest and most emphatic sound a human can make tends to be a scream. The term is not generally applied to sounds made by non-humans. ¹

2. Noun. (informal) An entertainingly outrageous person. ¹

3. Noun. (music) A form of singing associated with the metal and screamo styles of music. It is a loud, rough, distorted version of the voice; rather than the normal voice of the singer. ¹

4. Noun. (informal) (non-gloss definition Used as an intensifier) ¹

5. Verb. To make the sound of a scream. ¹

6. Verb. To move quickly; to race. ¹

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Definition of Scream

1. to utter a prolonged, piercing cry [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Scream

scream (current term)
scream bloody murder
scream loudest
scream one's head off
scream queen
scream queens
screamed bloody murder

Literary usage of Scream

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1846)
"The captain's pistols were in his cabin ; and as nobody saw me, I took them down, without even attempting to scream—which, I have no doubt, I should have ..."

2. Change for the American Notes: In Letters from London to New York by Henry Wood (1843)
"LETTER XXXIII. ¡funerals.—Professors^* Teare.—A Black Coachman.— The Irish " Wakes."—" The scream of the Morning."— New-England Towns.—Newness.—Mr. Dickens. ..."

3. Tait's Edinburgh Magazine by William Tait, Christian Isobel Johnstone (1854)
"There's a horrible cry, there's an agonized scream, Aud pool and ... as might mortal beseem, Heart-frozen at sound of that agonized scream ! i/EM voi. ..."

4. The American of the Future: And Other Essays by Brander Matthews (1909)
"... THE scream OF THE SPREAD-EAGLE WHEN Joseph Rodman Drake wrote his impassioned lyric on the 'American Flag' he ended it with this resonant outburst: And ..."

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