To utter a harsh, shrill cry; to make a sharp outcry, as in terror or acute pain; to scream; to shriek.
- A high-pitched, strident cry.
- A sound suggestive of this cry: the screech of train brakes.
- To utter in or as if in a screech.
- To cry out in a high-pitched, strident voice.
- To make a sound suggestive of a screech: Tires screeched on the wet pavement.