squeak

verb
\ˈskwēk \
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 \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Croatia squeaked past Denmark in the Round of 16, advancing on penalties after full time beckoned and found the contest knotted 1-apiece. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up," 6 July 2018 Fenwick managed to get by Badin 61-56 in extra time, and Seven Hills utilized a big second half to squeak by Clark Montessori 49-47 in overtime. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "High school hoops: Takeaways from another big week in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky," 20 Jan. 2018 To squeak it through Congress, the Clinton team accepted a compromise letting the ban expire after 10 years. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 This is likely the floor for Kotkaniemi, Zadina and Tkachuk if any of them manage to squeak by the top six. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Final NHL mock draft: Major changes in top 10; Coyotes could land Brady Tkachuk," 20 June 2018 If not for starting pitcher Ian Kennedy’s ongoing issues with longevity and the offense leaving eight on base, the Royals might have had a chance to squeak out of Southern California without being swept. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Alex Gordon's RBI hits not enough for Royals as Angels sweep series," 7 June 2018 But the fear is that two Republicans could squeak through as the top vote getters. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dems in danger of botching California's 'jungle primary'," 31 May 2018 But a third candidate, Allentown city solicitor Susan Ellis Wild, squeaked past both with backing from Emily’s List. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Primary Roundup: Big Victories for Women and Progressives," 16 May 2018 San Diego City Council President Myrtle Cole just barely squeaked ahead of civil rights attorney Monica Montgomery in District 4. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Like the 'top-two' primary? How about a 'top-four'?," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Like summer nights are to lightning bugs and squeaks are to porch swings, Dolly Parton is to blonde hair. Southern Living, "Dolly Parton on Dyeing Your Hair Blonde," 1 June 2018 Forget the computer, the checkbook, the inscrutable repair of whatever overheats or squeaks or ices over. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "CT Poet To Share Her Beloved's Journey Through Alzheimer's At Sunken Garden Fest," 17 May 2018 That means spotting and squashing any squeak or rattle from the roof’s many parts. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Unfold the Complex Engineering of Aston Martin's Super Swanky Convertible," 9 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for squeak

squeak

verb

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 \
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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