Definition of strident in English:



  • 1Loud and harsh; grating.

    ‘his voice had become increasingly sharp, almost strident’
    • ‘There is a bit of sibilance and strident qualities to the sound, but not in a distracting or annoying manner.’
    • ‘Some of them sound quite nice and even have some directional placement, while others sound harsh and strident.’
    • ‘Some ten minutes later my bite alarm sounded its strident note.’
    • ‘For example, if the voice is too loud and strident, that indicates excess, as does the sudden onset of a violent cough.’
    • ‘There were many strident and discordant passages, but in the context of the work as a whole they seemed entirely appropriate.’
    • ‘This is a shrill, strident performance by someone who displays little or no aptitude for comedy or drama.’
    • ‘In attempts to scare you, there are several moments in the film that use strident and extremely loud bursts of audio, combined with a perfectly timed cut, quite effectively.’
    • ‘Her voice wouldn't sound how she intended: it was either terrifyingly strident or miserably flat.’
    • ‘Apparently, he had trouble making it to the sessions, but he still sounds fine, and if anything, his voice sounds warmer, less strident.’
    • ‘I tried to sleep on the hour-long ride, but the harsh, strident sound became louder and the long menacing finger pointed angrily.’
    • ‘The commander seemed to become shriller and more strident the more I held my tongue in check and treated the board of inquiry with respect.’
    • ‘The only real flaw comes from the age and technical limitations of the time, which results in a somewhat harsh and strident sound on occasion.’
    • ‘Its raw strident sound was one of the first to make use of the rhythms of jazz.’
    • ‘At length, Caleb heard Audrey's strident laughter and hurriedly returned his attention to his cousin.’
    • ‘Above the sound of a thousand or so Canada geese that were honking and clamouring, I could hear the gong of the bell on the channel buoys as they sounded their strident warning note.’
    • ‘I slammed my drink down on the counter and the elder winced at the strident sound it made, but he refused to look up.’
    • ‘The mono tracks are somewhat harsh and strident, though the dialogue is always clearly understood.’
    • ‘I plunk along, hitting so many strident notes that it sounds like I tried to compose the piece myself.’
    • ‘The twitches of annoyance caused by this woman's strident voice hammering against my skull began to ebb away when I heard her sign off from the call.’
    • ‘The strident noise moved through the pounding rain, and then the figure lowered its head and perked its long ears.’
    harsh, raucous, rough, grating, rasping, jarring, loud, stentorian, shrill, screeching, piercing, ear-piercing
    unmelodious, unmusical, discordant, dissonant, unharmonious
    stridulous, stridulant, stridulatory, stentorious
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    1. 1.1 Presenting a point of view, especially a controversial one, in an excessively and unpleasantly forceful way.
      ‘public pronouncements on the crisis became less strident’
      • ‘Plain old racism, in addition to economics, plays a part in the agitation of the privileged classes, who grow louder and more strident as their historical privileges are eroded.’
      • ‘The tone was new: not merely strident, but shrill, vindictive, intemperate; but most noticeably, the real target was new.’
      • ‘Such strident views worry me, but I leave the politics of England to those here.’
      • ‘Arianna may have blown her chance for a television career with strident, shrill posturing.’
      • ‘The Danish astrologer I referred to is one such individual, joining in the cacophony of screeches and strident appeals to action, all based on lies and inventions.’
      • ‘In the final analysis, we may not know for certain the reason or reasons why Leland, a Baptist who never owned slaves, abandoned his early, strident antislavery views near the end of his life.’
      • ‘Domestically they were strident, harsh, and intolerant, especially to other ethnic groups.’
      • ‘Jim Lee's strident letter against religious fundamentalism a few weeks ago carried more than a hint of fundamentalism itself.’
      • ‘On the other hand, he has loud and extremely strident conservative positions on the war and on gun control, and these get far more attention on his blog than anything else.’
      • ‘I was well aware by this stage that Judy was in constant dispute with the local authority and held strident views about their perceived inadequacies.’
      • ‘It is true that after 1952, her views become less strident.’
      • ‘The duo have a lot in common and a fresh face fronting the most successful airline in Europe would present a less strident visage to the EU and the general public.’
      • ‘The shrillness and strident rhetoric probably did their cause more harm than good.’
      • ‘Readers respect us for our impartiality and balance, but does that mean we should never carry more strident views?’
      • ‘Despite strident criticisms of her views from legal academics and at times her brethren, she has maintained her positions with dignity.’
      • ‘Their strident views have, like so many conservative inanities, now become mainstream.’
      • ‘He likes to hold the floor and has strident views on just about everything.’
      • ‘The Reserve Bank has said so, in steadily louder and more strident tones, for at least a year.’
      • ‘His day began with a shrill and strident press statement banged out at about 1 o'clock, which is long before he could have understood what the Government was up to.’
      • ‘However, signals from the White House have continued to be cautious, not echoing the strident tone of the activists.’
    2. 1.2Phonetics
      another term for sibilant
      • ‘Strident vowels are fairly common in Khoisan languages, where they contrast with simple pharyngealized vowels.’
      • ‘The greatest degree of pharyngealisation is found in the strident vowels of the Khoisan languages.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin strident- creaking from the verb stridere.