Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) sharp piercing cry
  2. (noun, event) a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
    he heard the scream of the brakes
  3. (noun, communication) a joke that seems extremely funny
  4. (verb, communication) utter a sudden loud cry
    I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me
  5. (verb, communication) utter or declare in a very loud voice
  6. (verb, perception) make a loud, piercing sound

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Scream

  1. early 13c., earlier shreamen (c.1200), of uncertain origin, similar to words in Scandinavian, Du., Ger., and Flem. (cf. O.N. skr?ma "to terrify, scare," Swed. scrana "to scream," O.H.G. scrian, Ger. schreien "to cry"). The noun is attested from 1510s.
    "And (as they say) lamentings heard i' th' Ayre; Strange Schreemes of Death." ["Ma… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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