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From Old Norse skríkja (to scream) or Old English scric, literally "bird with a shrill call," referring to a thrush, possibly imitative of its call. Attested from c 1573.


skrike (third-person singular simple present skrikes, present participle skriking, simple past and past participle skriked)

  1. (Britain, regional) To cry out or yell; to scream. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    • Alan Garner, Red Shift
      It's not as if you're skriking brats.


skrike (plural skrikes)

  1. (Britain, regional) A cry or scream.
    • c 1573, attested by J. Raine
      at what tyme the said Herrison wyfe gave a skrike.
    • 1824, Allan's Tynside Songs, p. 182
      Aw gav a skrike.
  2. (Britain, dialect) The missel thrush.


  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press.
  • A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, J. R. Clark Hall, 1984, University of Toronto Press.
  • Journal of English and Germanic Philology: Volume 29, 1930, Univeristy of Illinois Press.
  • 'Scric',

Norwegian BokmålEdit


Imitative of the sound (lydord)


skrike (imperative skrik, present tense skriker, passive skrikes, simple past skrek or skreik, past participle skreket, present participle skrikende)

  1. to scream, shout, cry out

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