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creak

verb \ ˈkrēk \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of creak

intransitive verb
:to make a prolonged grating or squeaking sound often as a result of being worn-out; also :to proceed slowly with or as if with creaking wheels
  • the story creaks along to a dull conclusion

Examples of creak in a Sentence

  1. The old floorboards creaked under our feet.

  2. The porch roof creaked with the heavy weight of the snow.

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Origin and Etymology of creak

Middle English creken to croak, of imitative origin


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creak

noun

Definition of creak

:a rasping or grating noise

Examples of creak in a Sentence

  1. the creak of a floorboard

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First Known Use of creak

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creak Synonyms


CREAK Defined for English Language Learners

creak

verb

Definition of creak for English Language Learners

  • : to make a long, high sound : to make a sound like the sound made by an old door when it opens or closes


CREAK Defined for Kids

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creak

verb \ ˈkrēk \

Definition of creak for Students

creaked; creaking
:to make a long scraping or squeaking sound
  • The stairs creaked … with every step.
  • —Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

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creak

noun

Definition of creak for Students

:a long squeaking or scraping noise


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