\ 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 creaky (audio) \ adverb
creakiness \ ˈkrē-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce creaky (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 But, even in off-hours, the already creaky grid is likely to become still more stressed, requiring plenty of upgrades, on top of new generating capacity — whether fossil-fueled or renewable. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, 18 June 2021 The creaky floors paired with Sienna's fickle sleeping habits proved to be a nightmare combination. Laurel Donnellan, Forbes, 14 June 2021 But the 710 Freeway is a congested and creaky relic straining to keep up with modern expectations. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2021 The Celtics’ hope has been that their caution with his creaky knee, including keeping him out of back-to-backs, will pay off with good health and high performance in the playoffs., 4 May 2021 Conversation, even on a bar stool, feels creaky and unpracticed. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 3 June 2021 When the fallout from the pandemic sparked massive layoffs last spring, the crush of new applications for unemployment nearly overwhelmed the DUA and its creaky computer system., 27 May 2021 TikTok users upvote videos of creaky five-disc CD changers whirring into action. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 25 May 2021 Dwayne Johnson stars as a wisecracking skipper of a creaky old boat hired by a fearless doctor (played by Emily Blunt) to cruise down the Amazon in search of a magical tree. cleveland, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of creaky

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jun 2021

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“Creaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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