v. screamed, scream·ing, screams
1. To utter a long loud piercing cry, as from pain or fear.
2. To make a loud piercing sound: Jet planes screamed through the air.
3. To speak or write in an excited or fearful manner.
4. To have or produce a startling effect: The outlandish costume screamed with clashing colors.
To utter or say in a screaming voice or in an excited or fearful manner: The fans screamed their displeasure.
1. A long, loud, piercing cry or sound.
2. Informal One that is hilariously or ridiculously funny: The new play was a scream.
[Middle English screamen, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse scræma.]
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