\ ˈskwēk How to pronounce squeak (audio) \
squeaked; squeaking; squeaks

Definition of squeak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter or make a short shrill cry or noise
3 : to pass, succeed, or win by a narrow margin just squeaked by in the election

transitive verb

: to utter in a shrill piping tone



Definition of squeak (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sharp shrill cry or sound
2 : escape a close squeak

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squeaky \ ˈskwē-​kē How to pronounce squeaky (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for squeak

Synonyms: Verb

fink, grass (on) [British slang], inform, rat (on), sing, snitch, split (on) [British], squeal, talk, tell (on)

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Examples of squeak in a Sentence


I could hear the mouse squeaking. She squeaked when I pinched her. My shoes squeak when I walk. The wheel squeaks when it turns. He squeaked into office by fewer than 2,000 votes. “I can't believe it!” she squeaked.


She gave out a squeak.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But behind these numbers, and what many regular people don’t know—but oil traders certainly do—was the U.S. just became the world’s largest crude-oil producer a couple of weeks ago, barely squeaking by Russia. Dan Molinski, WSJ, "U.S. Oil Enters Bear Market on Rising Inventories, Worries of Oversupply," 8 Nov. 2018 Then, hundreds of pairs of sneakers squeaked in near unison on the hardwood as Louisville assistant Dino Gaudio directed stretches and warmups. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Spreading the love of the game: A day inside Chris Mack's Louisville basketball camp," 21 June 2019 Contenders like Germany, Canada and the Netherlands squeaked by inferior opponents all by 1-0 scorelines. Laken Litman, SI.com, "USWNT, Morgan Ruthless in Women's World Cup Opener vs. Thailand," 11 June 2019 Hours later, the bill squeaked through the Assembly by three votes — with 17 Democrats voting against AB 1482 or abstaining from the vote. Liam Dillon, latimes.com, "How California’s big plans to address housing affordability crashed," 4 June 2019 Revenue grew 20% year over year to $163.7 million, missing Wall Street’s forecasts and barely squeaking past the low end of the company’s own projection. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "A Penalty for Box," 28 Feb. 2019 What about seniors in poor health who are barely squeaking by? Judith Graham, sacbee, "How overcoming an 'age point' and preventing 'geropause' leads to more satisfaction in aging | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 Clarence Thomas squeaked by in 1991 by in a 52-48 vote. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Kavanaugh's confirmation climb: Partisan opposition to court picks intensifies under Trump," 28 Aug. 2018 First base: Freddie Freeman, Braves There are good arguments for Paul Goldschmidt and Jesus Aguilar, but Freeman squeaked past the two of them. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Max Scherzer, Freddie Freeman Among the First-Half Fantasy Baseball All-Stars," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My passing would trigger a chorus of squeaks and chirps from the nestbox. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tiny birdhouse an unexpected home for wren family," 6 July 2019 Then slowly walk around the entire room while listening for any squeaks. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 One glance at a bathroom grab bar and most of us can smell disinfectant and hear the squeak of nurses’ shoes. Sara Bliss, WSJ, "Renovation Strategies to Live at Home—Stylishly—Into Your 80s," 23 Aug. 2018 Every old house has squeaks and groans, but this was a knock. John Kelly, Washington Post, "I thought I was alone in the house, then I heard a bump. Or did I?," 1 July 2018 Blakewell lured the dog out with a squeak toy later that afternoon, CBS affiliate WTVR reports, and Princeton was taken to a veterinarian to be examined for injures. CBS News, "Dog feared dead in Virginia helicopter crash found alive inside damaged home," 9 July 2018 The people of Marks squeak by in creative ways, doing their best to help one another. NBC News, "Fifty years after Poor People's Campaign, America's once-poorest town still struggles," 22 June 2018 Overall, mechanical problems — whether faulty transmissions, or squeaks, rattles and wind noise — have largely vanished, according to Power, with electronic gremlins the top source of consumer complaints. NBC News, "South Korean cars rank highest for quality in new survey — but Detroit isn't far behind," 20 June 2018 On Sunday, there will be another sound to filter in along with church bells — the squeak of sneakers on hardwood. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Brunson League to showcase former high school basketball stars all summer," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of squeak


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squeak


Middle English squeken, of imitative origin

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English Language Learners Definition of squeak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a short, high-pitched cry or noise
: to barely succeed at doing something : to almost lose or fail but to finally succeed, win, etc.
: to say (something) in a high-pitched voice especially because you are nervous or excited



English Language Learners Definition of squeak (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sharp, high-pitched cry or sound


\ ˈskwēk How to pronounce squeak (audio) \
squeaked; squeaking

Kids Definition of squeak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a short high-pitched cry or sound
2 : to barely get, win, or pass He squeaked through the fence.



Kids Definition of squeak (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short high-pitched cry or sound

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