\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Still has that frame integral with the fiberglass body, however creaky. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 The creaky old system cannot make automated adjustments to process claims for many new workers and cannot be easily adapted to process last month’s changes in the benefits program. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon’s jobless crisis leaves millions in benefits unpaid: What to know," 21 Apr. 2020 The country, with its dense population and creaky healthcare system, has already reported nearly 700 cases and is now in the midst of a 21-day national lockdown aimed at avoiding a colossal disaster. Suvojit Chattopadhyay, Quartz India, "India’s $23 billion coronavirus relief package will help only if it reaches those in need," 26 Mar. 2020 The scion of a prominent Hollywood family thus became a lanky, long-haired icon of countercultural rebellion, an exemplar of a newer, nervier Hollywood that would chase away the creaky, hoary spirit of the old. Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: ‘Easy Rider’ made Peter Fonda an icon. ‘Ulee’s Gold’ made him an actor to remember," 17 Aug. 2019 Such a multilayered portrait of the vast, creaky, fragile Austro-Hungarian Empire on the eve of collapse. New York Times, "Adam Hochschild Says Books Can Change the World. He Has Proof.," 12 Mar. 2020 In other hands, Cromwell’s narrative might feel like dusty, creaky history, but Mantel colors the books with the smells, tastes, textures, and tempers that make his universe come alive. Gillian Jacobs, Glamour, "Hilary Mantel Closes a Chapter," 10 Mar. 2020 But that's when the strangeness ensues, with those creaky sounds and indications that someone has been inside the house. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Invisible Man' brings a high-tech stalker twist to an old formula," 27 Feb. 2020 Sports leagues need to get in lockstep with the rest of society and open their creaky, fusty doors to CBD products and even the medicinal use of marijuana to cope with physical pain and mental health issues. Globe Staff,, "Gronk has a good point: Athletes should be allowed to use CBD," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of creaky

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Creaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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