From Late Middle English schrille, shirle, shrille, possibly from the earlier shil, schille, from Old English scill, of Germanic origin. The r in the word was introduced by analogy to Middle English skrīke, skrīken, scrēmen, possibly to avoid confusion with non-Anglian forms of schelle (modern English shell) where Old English scill and scill existed.
The word is cognate with Icelandic skella, Low German schrell.
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