\ ˈkrē-kē How to pronounce creaky (audio) \
creakier; creakiest

Definition of creaky

1 : marked by creaking : squeaky creaky shoes
2 : showing signs of deterioration or decrepitude a creaky old house a creaky economy

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Other Words from creaky

creakily \ ˈkrē-​kə-​lē How to pronounce creakily (audio) \ adverb
creakiness \ ˈkrē-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce creakiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of creaky in a Sentence

The new governor promises to work to revive the state's creaky economy. a computer system that is creaky with age
Recent Examples on the Web Mumbai, home to 20 million people, has emerged as the country’s coronavirus hot spot, with more than 40,000 cases and 1,300 deaths, straining its creaky health-care system. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "Severe cyclone bears down on Mumbai, India’s coronavirus hot spot," 3 June 2020 Never mind being a member of a large immigrant family jammed in a creaky high-rise or a single parent without savings or safety... Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Every Protester Has a Reason," 2 June 2020 The signature creaky wooden staircase led us to the first floor, which had a very unique music collection with a special focus on the genres of Indian classical music and jazz. Priyanka Malhotra, Quartz India, "The story of Delhi’s iconic bookstore that lost its battle against Covid-19," 9 June 2020 Past a narrow kitchen cluttered with crates of rice and apples, Smith sat on a creaky wooden rocker in a living room decorated with plaques bearing religious proverbs. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "A Midwife in the North Country," 22 Dec. 2019 Still has that frame integral with the fiberglass body, however creaky. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 The creaky old system cannot make automated adjustments to process claims for many new workers and cannot be easily adapted to process last month’s changes in the benefits program. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon’s jobless crisis leaves millions in benefits unpaid: What to know," 21 Apr. 2020 The country, with its dense population and creaky healthcare system, has already reported nearly 700 cases and is now in the midst of a 21-day national lockdown aimed at avoiding a colossal disaster. Suvojit Chattopadhyay, Quartz India, "India’s $23 billion coronavirus relief package will help only if it reaches those in need," 26 Mar. 2020 The scion of a prominent Hollywood family thus became a lanky, long-haired icon of countercultural rebellion, an exemplar of a newer, nervier Hollywood that would chase away the creaky, hoary spirit of the old. Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: ‘Easy Rider’ made Peter Fonda an icon. ‘Ulee’s Gold’ made him an actor to remember," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of creaky

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Creaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce creaky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of creaky

: making a creaking sound
: no longer working well : old and in bad condition


\ ˈkrē-kē How to pronounce creaky (audio) \
creakier; creakiest

Kids Definition of creaky

: making or likely to make a long squeaking or scraping sound creaky stairs

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