\ 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

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 Bill Self stood in a room just off the court in Allen Fieldhouse on Selection Sunday and lamented that the Big 12 managed to squeak only six schools into the NCAA Tournament. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts," 26 Mar. 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 The Oregon, Wisconsin, native was able to squeak the Longhorns into the Dance despite a tumultuous third season at the helm of the Longhorns. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "68 Degrees of Separation: a Wisconsin connection to every team in the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 What about seniors in poor health who are barely squeaking by? Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Mind Over Body: A Psychiatrist Tells How To Tap Into Wisdom And Grow With Age," 8 Mar. 2018 There's the city traffic outside the window, the squeaking steps of the tenants above, and worst of all, the dog that lives downstairs. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "I Can’t Sleep Without My Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine," 11 Jan. 2019 Some Trump nominees barely squeaked through the thin GOP majority, with tie-breaking votes for nominees like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and even for a deputy director job at the Office of Management and Budget (Russell Vought). The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ending the Nominations Blockade," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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