a. loud and harsh; insistent; high-pitched; rough-sounding
Whenever Sue became angry, she tried not to raise her voice; she had no desire to appear strident.
Sentence in Classic:
The mockingbirds and the jays, engaged in their old feud for possession of the magnolia tree beneath her window, were bickering, the jays strident, acrimonious, the mockers sweet voiced and plaintive.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
The old man burst into a shout of strident and mournful laughter, coughing and laughing at the same time.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
Each stalk served as a perch for a grasshopper, which regaled the passers by through this Egyptian scene with its strident, monotonous note.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context
I wanted to get out and walk eastward toward the park through the soft twilight but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Context