\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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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 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

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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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