\ 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

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Yet there’s nothing especially striking about the movie’s visual presentation – the Artemis is threadbare and creaky, a purposely anachronistic blend of the future tech and throwback furnishings. Gary Thompson,, "'Hotel Artemis': Jodie Foster heads a hotel for criminals in this stylish action flick," 7 June 2018 Olivia and Hugh are house flippers who've decided to take on a mammoth, creaky mansion as their next project. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House Is Basically a Scary This Is Us," 16 Oct. 2018 The mechanics of it, with the whole enterprise oriented around the seasons, had gotten creaky and would get progressively creakier. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "How CEO Remo Ruffini Is Reinventing Moncler for a Faster Fashion World," 8 Oct. 2018 Now, at 64, sitting in one place in a comfy chair doing Sudoku is more attractive than walking around on creaky knees. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Upset teen on American Airlines flight receives 'life advice' from 64-year-old," 31 July 2018 Guidry and his pursuer are part a fading old order, a creaky albeit criminal institution about to be paved over. Richard Turner, WSJ, "For Crime Novelist Lou Berney, a Winding Path Led to ‘November Road’," 8 Oct. 2018 After starting the season 20–8 thanks to a red-hot start by outfielder A.J. Pollock, Arizona tumbled to 28–27 by the end of May thanks to an injury to Pollock, poor play from Goldschmidt and a creaky starting rotation. Gabriel Baumgaertner,, "Midseason Report Card: The Diamondbacks and Dodgers Will Fight for the NL West Crown," 28 June 2018 But from a certain angle, Incredibles 2 looks a little too slavish to creaky conventions. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Incredibles 2 Review: Superhero Action That’s Familiar, but Fantastic," 11 June 2018 At least 60 percent of my dreams feature airplanes shaped like my bedroom and supported by floppy, creaky iron wings. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Why Don’t We Dream About Our Smartphones?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of creaky

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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