\ 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

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 But at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sonic Succulents: Plant Sounds and Vibrations exhibition, interacting with the prickly plants yields a different result: namely, a chorus of otherworldly twangs, hums and squeaks. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Listen to the Sounds of Succulents at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden," 29 Aug. 2019 The squirrel noticed bending blades of grass, squeaked an alarm call, and then dived into its hole. Anchorage Daily News, "Mummy squirrel tells of a different Alaska 20,000 years ago," 24 Aug. 2019 Ford arrived at the convention without enough delegates to secure the nomination but managed to squeak over the line on the first ballot. oregonlive.com, "Drumbeat for serious 2020 GOP primary challenge to Donald Trump gets louder, but success remains unlikely," 14 Aug. 2019 The 12-year-old has problems communicating, often squeaking and humming instead of speaking in words. Christina Barron, Washington Post, "KidsPost Summer Book Club: ‘Planet Earth Is Blue’," 16 July 2019 Expect that semifinal to have plenty of fireworks but for Germany to squeak through and set up another meeting with the U.S., the team that knocked the Germans out the last time around. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Who Will Win the 2019 Women's World Cup? SI's Expert Predictions, Knockout Brackets," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 After a sleepy 72-71 start saw Tiger Woods squeak by the 36-hole cut at the Players Championship, Woods remained optimistic as ever. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Tiger Turns Back the Clock With Blistering 65 at the Players," 12 May 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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