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SCREAM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scream mean? 

SCREAM (noun)
  The noun SCREAM has 3 senses:

1. sharp piercing cry
2. a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
3. a joke that seems extremely funny

  Familiarity information: SCREAM used as a noun is uncommon.


SCREAM (verb)
  The verb SCREAM has 3 senses:

1. utter a sudden loud cry
2. utter or declare in a very loud voice
3. make a loud, piercing sound

  Familiarity information: SCREAM used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SCREAM (noun)


Sense 1scream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sharp piercing cry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

shrieking; shriek; screaming; scream; screech; screeching

Context example:

her screaming attracted the neighbors

Hypernyms ("scream" is a kind of...):

call; cry; outcry; shout; vociferation; yell (a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition)


Sense 2scream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A high-pitched noise resembling a human cry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

screeching; screech; screaming; scream; shriek; shrieking

Context examples:

he ducked at the screechings of shells / he heard the scream of the brakes

Hypernyms ("scream" is a kind of...):

noise (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound))


Sense 3scream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A joke that seems extremely funny

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

howler; sidesplitter; thigh-slapper; wow; belly laugh; riot; scream

Hypernyms ("scream" is a kind of...):

gag; jape; jest; joke; laugh (a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter)


SCREAM (verb)


Sense 1scream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter a sudden loud cry

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

yell; cry; shout out; scream; squall; shout; holler; hollo; call

Context examples:

she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle / I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me

Hypernyms (to "scream" is one way to...):

emit; let loose; let out; utter (express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "scream"):

hollo (cry hollo)

hurrah (shout 'hurrah!')

halloo (shout 'halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention)

whoop (shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm)

pipe; pipe up; shriek; shrill (utter a shrill cry)

howl; roar; ululate; wail; yaup; yawl (emit long loud cries)

screak; screech; skreak; skreigh; squawk (utter a harsh abrupt scream)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue scream


Sense 2scream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter or declare in a very loud voice

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

yell; scream

Context example:

You don't have to yell--I can hear you just fine

Hypernyms (to "scream" is one way to...):

shout (utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3scream [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a loud, piercing sound

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

Fighter planes are screaming through the skies

Hypernyms (to "scream" is one way to...):

make noise; noise; resound (emit a noise)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence examples:

You can hear animals scream in the meadows
The meadows scream with animals


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