Definition of shrill :
1. A shrill sound.
2. Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound; - said of a sound, or of that which produces a sound.
3. To utter an acute, piercing sound; to sound with a sharp, shrill tone; to become shrill.
4. To utter or express in a shrill tone; to cause to make a shrill sound.
spirant, clangorous, astute, shrilly, pipe, sounds, discriminating, screech, needlelike, high, penetrative, vociferous, abrupt, loud, continuant, shrewd, sibilant, fricative, deafening, clamorous, cacophonous, blatant, crisp, acuate, knifelike, tart, clamant, earsplitting, metallic, sharp, clanging, shrieky, sharp-worded, keen, noisy, blaring, incisive, thin, pipe up, discordant, piping, shriek, precipitous
shrill (part of speech: adjective)
cutting, ear-piercing, screaming, hoarse, high-pitched, jarring, caterwauling, piercing, rasping, squeaky, whistling, raucous, harsh, shrieking, reedy, jangling, treble, grating, scraping, screeching, squealing, strident, whining, scratching, acute, penetrating, creaky
- Some of the voices sounded loud and shrill, others low and deep, but all rang with a happy tone that aroused the children's interest at once, and made them wonder what occasion could cause so much amusement. - "Dot and Tot of Merryland", L. Frank Baum.
- His voice rose to a shrill scream. - "Jack O' Judgment", Edgar Wallace.
- We raised our voices, Duppo joining in with his shrill pipe. - "On the Banks of the Amazon", W.H.G. Kingston.