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squeak

verb \ ˈskwēk \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of squeak

intransitive verb
1 :to utter or make a short shrill cry or noise
2 :squeal 2a
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

Examples of squeak in a Sentence

  1. I could hear the mouse squeaking.

  2. She squeaked when I pinched her.

  3. My shoes squeak when I walk.

  4. The wheel squeaks when it turns.

  5. He squeaked into office by fewer than 2,000 votes.

  6. “I can't believe it!” she squeaked.

Recent Examples of squeak from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of squeak

Middle English squeken, of imitative origin

squeak Synonyms

Synonyms
fink, grass (on) [British slang], inform, rat (on), sing, snitch, split (on) [British], squeal, talk, tell (on)
Related Words
betray, give away, turn in; backstab, cross, double-cross, sell (out), two-time; blab, tattle; tip (off)

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squeak

noun

Definition of squeak

1 :a sharp shrill cry or sound
2 :escape
  • a close squeak

squeaky

play \ˈskwē-kē\ adjective

Examples of squeak in a Sentence

  1. She gave out a squeak.

Recent Examples of squeak from the Web

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First Known Use of squeak

1671



SQUEAK Defined for English Language Learners

squeak

verb

Definition of squeak for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of squeak for English Language Learners

  • : a sharp, high-pitched cry or sound


SQUEAK Defined for Kids

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squeak

verb \ ˈskwēk \

Definition of squeak for Students

squeaked; squeaking
1 :to make a short high-pitched cry or sound
2 :to barely get, win, or pass
  • He squeaked through the fence.

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squeak

noun

Definition of squeak for Students

:a short high-pitched cry or sound


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