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

Other Words from squeak

Noun

squeaky \ ˈskwē-​kē How to pronounce squeak (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What to Look for When Your Floor Squeaks Floors squeak when things that aren't intended to move shift. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 The Grizzlies needed extremely bad performances by the Warriors from deep and also needed Ja Morant to put up nearly 50 points just to squeak by the Warriors in Game 2. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 Sarah has been filled with commotion — and squeak toys. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 4 July 2022 Friday night, the Yankees had to work extra hard just to squeak one out, but Saturday night in the Bronx the Bombers left no doubts. Kristie Ackert, Hartford Courant, 12 June 2022 Other commission supporters who decided to take on a re-election were unable to squeak through. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 10 June 2022 Gallen is enough to keep the Cubs at bay with their hitting here and the D-backs should be able to squeak out a win here as their offense has still been scoring a lot of runs in their games despite losing a few games to the Dodgers. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 Hopefully squeak into the playoffs as a wild card and do some damage. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 6 Apr. 2022 The higher average temperatures at fault also threaten pikas, the beloved mouse-like mammals that live on high-elevation rocky slopes and squeak adorable warnings whenever a human comes near. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The occasional squeak of sneakers pierces the air, but otherwise the quiet is absolute, settling over the theater like a soft blanket. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2022 Teague picked up an errant piece of trash, then tugged on the door frame to find the source of a squeak. Arkansas Online, 31 July 2022 It has been subsumed by China, with barely more than a squeak of protest from democratic countries. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 27 June 2022 The most difficult part of fixing many common floor squeaks is determining the cause of the squeak. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 It has been subsumed by China, with barely more than a squeak of protest from democratic countries. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 27 June 2022 The mouth isn’t more than a line that’s been digitally scribbled onto the lower part of his face, yet what comes out of that mouth, the small nuggets of wisdom delivered in a raspy squeak, can feel profound. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 25 June 2022 Francesca vanishes without a squeak of acknowledgment from her family. ELLE, 14 Apr. 2022 In fact, for many of America’s top basketball schools, the team is synonymous with its home arena and evokes images of pristine, shiny floors, the squeak of sneakers running back and forth, and the loud buzz of a clock that’s timed out. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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24 Sep 2022

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“Squeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeak. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for squeak

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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