\ 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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Traditionally, horror takes place in dark spaces, or creepy, creaky old houses. Anne Cohen,, "Midsommar Star Florence Pugh Swears Her Cult-y Horror Breakup Movie Isn't That Scary," 20 June 2019 And so, the creaky old state slogan has little to do with what the state is about now. John Kass,, "After Gov. Pritzker, Boss Madigan budget, let’s change state slogan: Illinois-Shut Up and Take It.," 7 June 2019 The last run of an NBA dynasty is often met by an increasingly creaky roster as the finish line approaches. Michael Shapiro,, "How DeMarcus Cousins Helped Flip the NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 First up: Those creaky old CPU cores are getting the boot. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Sony's PlayStation 5 specs matter to PC gamers: Ryzen, Radeon, SSDs, and ray tracing," 16 Apr. 2019 That historic significance and those iconic waterfront views over Puget Sound draw 10 million visitors a year to its dark alleys and cramped, creaky stairways. Jessica Yadegaran,, "Seattle's new waterfront: Pike Place Market and beyond," 24 Apr. 2018 When the international Uber taxi hire firm opened in India last year, it was seen as a potentially efficient and easily accessible alternative to creaky unreliable rival cabs. John Elliott, Newsweek, "Uber in India: Unaccountable and Unsafe," 8 Dec. 2014 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

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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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