squeak

verb
\ 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

squeak

noun

Definition of squeak (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from squeak

Noun

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

Synonyms for squeak

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For Marc Stein, a New York Times sports reporter, his favorite part of his bubble experience was being back in the gym, hearing the sounds of sneakers squeak, and players cheer from the benches. CNN, "Covering the weirdest basketball season ever from inside the NBA bubble," 31 July 2020 But all praise to Patty Jenkins, who killed Wonder Woman and opened the door a crack for some of us to squeak through. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Woman Who Made the Best Action Movie of 2020," 9 July 2020 In 2012, the millage squeaked by in Macomb County with 50.5% of the vote. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "DIA millage passes in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb counties," 11 Mar. 2020 Colleyville Covenant had defeated Flower Mound Coram Deo 92-50 in the semifinal, squeaked by Lubbock Trinity Christian 54-52 in the quarterfinals after a 104-53 drubbing of Tyler All Saints in the Area round. Dallas News, "TAPPS state basketball: Frisco Legacy Christian boys win second straight 5A title; Plano John Paul II captures first in 6A," 1 Mar. 2020 Senior Lauren Keleher collected 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Green Wave (1-1) squeaked by the Sailors. BostonGlobe.com, "Arlington Catholic 4, Mount St. Charles (R.I.) 2 —," 20 Dec. 2019 Their goal wasn’t to be an average team or squeak into the playoffs. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Preview, prediction and player to watch: Dallas Fuel play OWL’s best in the Philadelphia Fusion," 8 May 2020 Coffman squeaked out a victory last month to take Aurora’s top elected post, beating his closest competitor in the race by a mere 214 votes out of nearly 75,000 cast. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Mike Coffman sworn in as Aurora’s new mayor as discord marks first meeting," 2 Dec. 2019 Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Elizabeth Barber, 59, was barely squeaking by. NBC News, "DeVos, Education Department sued for 'seizing' student borrower paychecks," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mics will pick up every grunt, every sneaker squeak, every fruitless appeal to the referees. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The NBA returns tonight, and it’ll look like nothing you’ve seen before," 30 July 2020 On his screen in Beijing, the Lyon living room shook violently, and in the speakers, his own squeaks sounded hysterical and metallic. New York Times, "‘Little Eyes,’ by Samanta Schweblin: An Excerpt," 5 May 2020 On Friday in Las Vegas, Jon Yarrow stood amidst what are fast-becoming rare sounds: the squeak of basketball sneakers, the shrill blast of a referee’s whistle and cheering from the fans. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Native Americans find 'escape' from coronavirus fears with basketball," 15 Mar. 2020 The soldiers dozed off, their lullaby the sounds of the vehicle’s movement, a symphony of happy squeaks like a child having a go on a violin. Ruth Maclean, New York Times, "On the Road With the French Foreign Legion," 11 Apr. 2020 Adrian Ozuna is sitting on a folding chair at the Chinese Community Center in Houston as the room empties out, the squeaks from sneakers on an adjacent basketball court becoming audible. Time, "Can Bernie Sanders Win Over the Texan Suburbs?," 2 Mar. 2020 Steel and his colleagues deployed an array of microphones to count bats by recording their distinctive echolocation chirps and squeaks over four years at six sites in the Sierra Nevada. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Burned Habitats Benefit Bats," 5 Mar. 2020 Several drivers have also reported high noise levels at highway speeds, and the squeaks and rattles that developed before our last update have persisted. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Long-Term 2019 Volvo XC60: New Engine, New Platform, New Factory, No Surprises," 13 Feb. 2020 The breathless council dismantles them, scooping into the cups with apple corers and smooshing them under spatulas, releasing soft, sliding squeaks like trampled snow. Laurence Scott, Wired, "ASMR and the Soothing Power of Experts," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of squeak

Verb

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

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squeak

Verb

Middle English squeken, of imitative origin

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

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2020

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“Squeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeak. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for squeak

squeak

verb
How to pronounce squeak (audio)

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

squeak

noun

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

: a sharp, high-pitched cry or sound

squeak

verb
\ 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.

squeak

noun

Kids Definition of squeak (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short high-pitched cry or sound

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