Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

squeak

play
verb \ˈskwēk\

Simple Definition of squeak

  • : to make a short, high-pitched cry or noise

  • : to barely succeed at doing something : to almost lose or fail but to finally succeed, win, etc.

  • : to say (something) in a high-pitched voice especially because you are nervous or excited

Full Definition of squeak

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter or make a short shrill cry or noise

  3. 2 :  squeal 2a

  4. 3 :  to pass, succeed, or win by a narrow margin <just squeaked by in the election>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to utter in a shrill piping tone

Examples of squeak

  1. I could hear the mouse squeaking.

  2. She squeaked when I pinched her.

  3. My shoes squeak when I walk.

  4. The wheel squeaks when it turns.

  5. He squeaked into office by fewer than 2,000 votes.

  6. I can't believe it! she squeaked.



Origin of squeak

Middle English squeken, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century


2

squeak

noun

Simple Definition of squeak

  • : a sharp, high-pitched cry or sound

Full Definition of squeak

  1. 1 :  a sharp shrill cry or sound

  2. 2 :  escape <a close squeak>

squeaky play \ˈskwē-kē\ adjective

Examples of squeak

  1. She gave out a squeak.



1700

First Known Use of squeak

1700



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up squeak? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ