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SCREAK, verb intransitive [This word is only a different orthography of screech and shriek, but is not elegant.]

To utter suddenly a sharp shrill sound or outcry; to scream; as in a sudden fright; also, to creak, as a door or wheel. [See Screech.]

[When applied to things, we use creak, and when to persons, shriek, both of which are elegant.]

SCREAK, noun A creaking; a screech.