creakier; creakiest
: marked by creaking : squeaky
creaky shoes
: showing signs of deterioration or decrepitude
a creaky old house
a creaky economy
creakily adverb
creakiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of creaky was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Creaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


creakier; creakiest
: making or likely to make a creaking sound
creakily adverb

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