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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One batter later, Eric Sogard chopped what would have been an easy double-play grounder up the middle only to squeak it through to the outfield with shortstop Luis Urías shaded up the middle. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2021 Should Drake not claim the league's automatic bid, its credentials are still good enough to squeak in as a No. 11 or No. 12 seed. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2021 Biden's proposals will need to squeak through narrow Democratic majorities in Congress to make it to his desk. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 3 May 2021 The Bluejays made just enough shots to squeak past UC-Santa Barbara, and this one should also be tight. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2021 But sometimes at school, my violence would squeak out. Brian Trapp, Longreads, 30 Apr. 2021 On the court, the Blazers went on a tear inside the bubble, with McCollum averaging 21.9 points per game, to squeak into the playoffs. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2021 But perhaps Duke's profile is intriguing enough to the 10-member committee to squeak in as an alternate. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2021 The difference Sunday was that the Padres, not the Dodgers, made the plays to ultimately squeak out a 5-2 win, avoid a sweep and snap the Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And on lab benches not far from where Joe’s friends sleep and squeak, Buffenstein has also pinpointed surprising weirdness in their immune systems. Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 May 2021 What gave rise to the idea of a perfect simple squeak-free bed frame? David Hochman, Forbes, 19 May 2021 These laws virtually guarantee that there won’t be a replay of Democrats’ squeak-through victories in these states – including Georgia itself. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Hazel is ready to give in to the water when Zelda squeak-squeaks at her and points her to a door. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2021 How else to describe the moment that Archie came face to face with a duplicate, unmolested example of his favorite squeak toy: A nubby pink rabbit that over months of use has lost its ears and acquired a grimy patina? Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2021 When March Madness is over, the squeak of rubber soles on hardwood will be replaced by a soothing watercolor or scenic vista. CNN Underscored, 13 Mar. 2021 But as the Minnesota season got closer, the lure of the whistle and the squeak of basketball shoes on a gym floor became stronger and harder to resist. Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 15 Feb. 2021 On the same day, Kentucky survived a late onside kick to squeak past Vanderbilt at home. Christopher Smith, al, 16 Nov. 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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8 Jun 2021

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“Squeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeak. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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