\ˈkrē-kē \
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 \ adverb
creakiness \ˈkrē-kē-nəs \ 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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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 There are lots and lots of different Pi cases available, from cheap, creaky plastic numbers to sleeker aluminum versions to specialty cases with active cooling systems. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 Still, the play holds up well, thanks in part to Kaufman and Hart’s witty dialogue, their cliche-free characters, and a plot that, by the standards of the time, isn’t too creaky or drawn out. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "Oak Park Festival Theatre uncovers hidden depths in You Can’t Take It With You," 21 June 2018 At the Brooklyn temple, a small group made its way down a creaky set of stairs to the basement for lunch. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "A Forgotten Religion Gets a Second Chance in Brooklyn," 7 June 2018 The creaky floors add to the experience; for 100 years the facility was a bedding factory. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "One super-shopper reveals her 5 best finds in Charlotte. Have you been to all these stores?," 30 May 2018 The romance with sweaty gyms — sprinting back and forth on creaky wooden floors and rubbing up against sweaty guys on purpose — is an earthier, smellier kind of love. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Love and basketball, for reals," 24 May 2018 On either side of the creaky wooden doors hang two white sheets of paper covered with signatures. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 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 \
creakier; creakiest

Kids Definition of creaky

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

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