\ 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

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 The Jayhawks needed overtime to squeak past Duke, emerging with a win that sends them to their first Final Four since 2012. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Villanova Turns to Defense in Run to Final Four," 26 Mar. 2018 Democrats running in red seats have faced ceaseless ads tying them to the dreaded San Francisco Liberal, and victorious candidate Conor Lamb had to disavow her leadership in order to squeak through. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Nancy Pelosi Is Good at Her Job and She Should Keep It.," 16 Mar. 2018 The Carolina Panthers, who squeaked past the New York Giants on Graham Gano’s 63-yard field goal with 1 second remaining Sunday, jumped three spots to No. Simmi Buttar, The Seattle Times, "Rams, Chiefs still are 1-2 in latest AP Pro32 poll," 9 Oct. 2018 Whilst many of the other World Cup favourites squeaked clear with narrower friendly successes ahead of the tournament, Belgium fired on all cylinders. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Belgium vs Panama - Recent Form, Key Battle, Team News, Prediction & More," 17 June 2018 The prior Windows 10 update, called the April 2018 Update, squeaked in at the very end of April. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update launch could occur during Surface event," 26 Sep. 2018 The system allowed de Leon to take the No. 2 spot by squeaking past a slew of unknown Republicans in the primary. Gregg Re, Fox News, "California Dems snub Sen. Dianne Feinstein for longshot rival, in 'clear-eyed rejection' of party establishment," 15 July 2018 Experience was the difference today as Kerber—more familiar with Centre Court, more familiar with playing back-to-back days, more poised to deal with the seven consecutive service breaks—eeked and squeaked out a 6-3, 7-5 victory. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts From Four Women's Quarterfinals at Wimbledon," 10 July 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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