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Definition of Shrill

Shrill

  1. Acute; sharp; piercing; having or emitting a sharp, piercing tone or sound; -- said of a sound, or of that which produces a sound.
  2. A shrill 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.

Shrill Quotations

Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination.
Al Gore

Mitt Romney's primary season embrace of the social and economic agenda of the more rabid elements of his party doomed him, especially the shrill immigration rhetoric and the harshly insensitive theory that no additional sacrifice or contribution should be sought from those at the top.
Eliot Spitzer

Talk of citizenship today is often thin and tinny. The word has a faintly old-fashioned feel to it when used in everyday conversation. When evoked in national politics, it's usually accompanied by the shrill whine of a descending culture-war mortar.
Eric Liu

We have no faith in ourselves. I have never met a woman who, deep down in her core, really believes she has great legs. And if she suspects that she might have great legs, then she's convinced that she has a shrill voice and no neck.
Cynthia Heimel

People say I'm shrill and strident.
Richard Dawkins
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Shrill Translations

shrill in Dutch is bits, snibbig
shrill in German is schrill, schrill, schrille
shrill in Italian is elevato, stridulo
shrill in Portuguese is agudo