\ 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

And yet, Endgame squeaking into the lead as the highest-grossing film of all time does not change the fact that Avatar‘s slightly lesser total is, holistically, the far greater accomplishment. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "“Avengers: Endgame” is now the biggest movie ever. But that’s still not as impressive as what “Avatar” did," 22 July 2019 Unlike your last free agency, nobody is going to call you a frontrunner for picking a team that just squeaked into the playoffs as the No. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: This is where the top remaining NBA free agents should sign," 26 June 2019 With the army survivors thinning out each year, The Return has a quasi-documentary feeling in recounting their bleak lives in Taipei, whose ambitions are limited to squeaking by on a meager military pension and saving up for a funeral plot. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Return' ('Fu Xiang Xin'): Film Review | Shanghai 2019," 16 June 2019 Donald Trump squeaked out an upset victory by fewer than 80,000 votes spread across three swing states. NBC News, "9 states where the rules for voting have been changed or challenged ahead of 2020," 13 July 2019 Nunes stopped Holly Holm late in the first round to defend her bantamweight title, and Jones squeaked out a split-decision victory over Thiago Santos to defend his light heavyweight title on Saturday night. Greg Beacham, courant.com, "Nunes, Jones win at UFC 239," 8 July 2019 Nunes stopped Holly Holm late in the first round to defend her bantamweight title, and Jones squeaked out a split-decision victory over Thiago Santos to defend his light heavyweight title on Saturday night. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Amanda Nunes wins big, Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239," 7 July 2019 But behind these numbers, and what many regular people don’t know—but oil traders certainly do—was the U.S. just became the world’s largest crude-oil producer a couple of weeks ago, barely squeaking by Russia. Dan Molinski, WSJ, "U.S. Oil Enters Bear Market on Rising Inventories, Worries of Oversupply," 8 Nov. 2018 Then, hundreds of pairs of sneakers squeaked in near unison on the hardwood as Louisville assistant Dino Gaudio directed stretches and warmups. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Spreading the love of the game: A day inside Chris Mack's Louisville basketball camp," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shoes squeak and players hustle as Kylor Kelley roams the court at Gill Coliseum. High School Journalism Institute, oregonlive.com, "Kylor Kelley shows no intention of slowing down after shattering Oregon State’s blocks record," 20 July 2019 The ironing board squeaks when April unfolds it in the kitchenette of the hotel room. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 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 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

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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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