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

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 Movement of the northern range limits are thought to happen because milder winters allow species that can’t usually hack it in the cold to squeak through winter alive, reproduce and establish themselves in a new location. Heath Macmillan, Smithsonian, "Why Some Summers Are So Appealing For Mosquitoes," 22 June 2018 What happened: The Detroit Tigers mustered just enough runs to squeak by the second-best team in baseball, defeating the New York Yankees, 4-2, on Monday night in Game 2 of a doubleheader. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers quell potent New York Yankees, 4-2, in Game 2," 4 June 2018 The Lady Jackets dropped Game 2 against Saginaw Boswell in the area round before squeaking by with a 4-3 win in rubber match. William Wilkerson, star-telegram, "Reaching new Heights: Fort Worth Arlington Heights headed to state tournament for first time | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 May 2018 Davis had run first in the March 24 primary, followed by Cromer, who just squeaked into the runoff over third-place finisher Bruce Clement. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Slidell's new mayor Greg Cromer: 'Lot of work ahead'," 30 Apr. 2018 In the video, Underwood shared a close-up video of her face — which is still healing from her November accident — while Fisher, 37, appeared to be making a squeaking noise over and over into his hands. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Carrie Underwood Looks Flawless While Singing National Anthem at Husband's Hockey Game," 30 Apr. 2018 Myers took a quick wrister that squeaked straight through Fleury’s pads to tie the game. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs: Vegas Takes Game 4, One Win Away From Stanley Cup Final," 18 May 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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Dictionary Entries near squeak

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squdge

squdgy

squeak

squeaker

squeaky-clean

squeal

Phrases Related to squeak

a/the squeaky wheel gets the grease/oil

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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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