squeak

1 of 2

verb

squeaked; squeaking; squeaks

intransitive verb

1
: to utter or make a short shrill cry or noise
2
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

squeak

2 of 2

noun

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

Examples of squeak in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun She gave out a squeak.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The puck squeaked away, and winger Kyle Okposo pursued. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 26 Apr. 2024 Maye’s play surely factored into those obstacles, but his upside — more often than not — squeaked through in unfavorable circumstances. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 25 Apr. 2024 Oklahoma City lost three in a row before squeaking out a 121-118 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, but the Thunder was back to full strength against the Kings. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 10 Apr. 2024 After waiting until the final game of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers squeaked into the playoffs and will play Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Gabe Zaldivar, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2024 The efforts were successful and the 330 P4 snagged a 1-2 finish at Monza in 1967, followed by a second and third place finish at Le Mans (Ford squeaked out a victory in a GT40), and then took 1-2-3 in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967. Erik Shilling, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2024 Andrew Do squeaked onto the Orange County Board of Supervisors by 43 votes in 2015, defeating a veteran politician to become the second Vietnamese American ever to serve on the board. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Next, at the Final Four, the Hawkeyes squeaked past UConn, the most successful program in women’s college basketball history, boasting 11 national championships. Kevin Dotson, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 In 2015, the Cubs squeaked into the postseason and made a little run and this year feels a little like that – a memorable season that can build to something big and historic next year. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2024
Noun
Freya Allan, as Noa’s secret ally, a woman called Nova, just about squeaks by. Expect an 11th film. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 Her main goal is to get new trucks through the system without defects, squeaks or rattles. Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2024 Right on time, the quiet room fills with giggles and sneaker squeaks as children pile into the space, each one excitedly talking over the other. Maya Eaglin, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2024 One of the wheels had a squeak and could have used some oil. Clark Collis, EW.com, 6 Nov. 2023 My voice was a mere squeak trapped in the vastness of the phone line. Sean O’Rourke, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 During my drive around Malibu, California, not a single squeak or rattle was present. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 15 Aug. 2023 With eye-catching patterns like stripes, stars, and checks, and stimulating sounds like crinkles, rattles, and squeaks, this brightly colored toy is sure to engage little ones. Maya Polton, Parents, 17 Jan. 2024 The first stage of the nesting season involves males singing a rambling jumble of squeaks, crackles and pops while turning their shiny heads back and forth to catch the females’ eyes, as well as unique display flights that are one of the most stunning feats of any of our backyard birds. Jack Gedney, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English squeken, of imitative origin

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of squeak was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Squeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeak. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

squeak

1 of 2 verb
1
: to make a short shrill cry or noise
2
: to pass, succeed, or win by a narrow margin
barely squeaked by
3
: to utter in a shrill tone

squeak

2 of 2 noun
1
: a sharp shrill cry or sound
2
: escape entry 2 sense 1
a close squeak

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