shrieking; a shriek ...1558 obs.
to shriek ...a1542 obs.
n. corresponding to scright (n. a shout, a cry) = Old Frisian skrichte, Middle Low German schricht(e
vb. either from the noun, or from shritch (vb. to shriek, to screech)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
a1542 - see EXAMPLE below
"...And ye salt teres, again my will eche nyght
That are with me, when fayn I would be alone :
Then are ye gone when I should make my mone.
And you, so reddy sighes to make me shright,
Then are ye slake when that ye shulde owtestert,
And onely my loke declareth my hert...."
(...And ye salt tears, again my will each night
That are with me, when fain I would be alone,
Then are ye gone when I should make my moan.
And you, so ready sighs to make me shright,
Then are ye slake when that ye should outstart,
And onely my look declareth my heart...)
From: Collected poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt
- Thomas Wyatt