Correct spelling


Correct spelling, explanation: it’s hard to pinpoint the origins of the word shriek. It’s based on a shrieking sound, but it probably dates back to the old German word schrichen, and this influences the spelling. If you’re unsure about the spelling, try to remember the long i sound, to spell shriek with i.

Definition of shriek:
1. a short, high-pitched scream
In the middle of the night, we heard a terrifying animal shriek outside.
1. to let out a short, high-pitched scream
I heard the girls shriek loudly, but when I checked up on them, they were just laughing really hard.

Incorrect spelling


Incorrect spelling, explanation: the pronunciation of the word shriek gives us a few possible variants of spelling which is confusing when we have to write it down. In this case, despite the fact it looks convincing, shreak is not the correct spelling, mostly because of the origin of the word being schrichen, which leads us towards the spelling with ie rather than ea.