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 squeaky (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 In the semifinal match, the Badgers squeaked out an 18-17 victory over Hung Jury on Mark (Doc) Depenbrock’s walk-off single. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Badgers dig in with comeback victory for softball championship," 7 Nov. 2019 North Dakota update: Last season in Huntsville, North Dakota squeaked out a 24-23 victory over Sam Houston in the first meeting between the teams. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "College football preview: Sam Houston State at North Dakota," 13 Sep. 2019 The Lions aren’t technically eliminated from postseason contention just yet — FiveThirtyEight.com puts their chances at squeaking in at 4% now. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Three things we learned from Orlando City’s 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo," 7 Aug. 2019 Walnuts also feature as a filling of another appetizer worth ordering: the meaty, yet vegan, eggplant rolls ($14), which squeak between your teeth like fresh cheese curds, but feel much healthier going down the gullet. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Bay Area’s first Georgian restaurant shines with cheese pulls and chokhas," 15 Aug. 2019 The first set of the championship match was competitive with Team Felpe barely squeaking by. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Team Felpe crowned Tuesday Night Coed Volleyball League champions," 7 Aug. 2019 Valencia is going through its own turmoil, after abruptly firing coach Marcelino, so perhaps Barcelona can take advantage and squeak out a few more days of rest for Messi before Champions League play begins. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "All Eyes on Returning Stars, New Additions as European Club Seasons Resume," 13 Sep. 2019 The Kansas City Chiefs battled injury worries and the scorching heat to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-26, while last season's runners-up Los Angeles Rams squeaked past the Carolina Panthers 30-27. Ben Morse, CNN, "NFL week one: Death, taxes ... and the New England Patriots unfurling a NFL championship banner," 9 Sep. 2019 Both of those squeaked past their budget at the worldwide box office, but neither constituted a significant hit for the studio. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Is Annapurna on the Edge of Bankruptcy?," 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sounds of sneaker squeaks and bouncing basketballs echoed down the otherwise hollow tunnel. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Courtney Ramey provides the motor — and mouth — Texas needs," 1 Nov. 2019 Kastalia Medrano, writing for Thrillist (with thanks to The Week magazine for suggesting it), writes about singing beaches — but Medrano describes the melody as more like a squeak. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Escapes: The joy of uninvited guests who come along for the ride," 13 June 2019 My passing would trigger a chorus of squeaks and chirps from the nestbox. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tiny birdhouse an unexpected home for wren family," 6 July 2019 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 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

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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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of squeak was in the 14th century

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squeak

verb
How to pronounce squeak (audio)

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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