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 squeak (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 With some film studios now predicting that moviegoing will not begin to recover until midsummer — and postponing releases yet again as a result — Mr. Aron has said AMC needs to raise another $750 million to squeak through. New York Times, "Can a Brash Executive in Kansas Save Movie Theaters?," 22 Jan. 2021 Thomas had an experienced team with Greg Schor Haskin and Gill Strelec Jr. on his 23-foot Contender single-engine boat to squeak out the win. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Big Dog Tackle Kingfish Battle brings out the best in skilled anglers," 3 Dec. 2020 Their loose and rusty steel plates squeak and clang under your footfalls, drumming out a metallic R-E-V-E-I-L-L-E to the deaf world. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller walking the world stumbles across a 2,000-year-old civilization along a fabled river," 4 Nov. 2020 All that noise—the sight of Jaime Harrison standing up to Lindsey Graham, or Theresa Greenfield schooling Joni Ernst on commodity prices—probably added to whatever alchemy managed to squeak Biden through. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Trump Is Out of a Job Because So Many Did the Work," 7 Nov. 2020 If CEOs’ dollars were votes, Joe Biden would just squeak into the White House. Theo Francis, WSJ, "It’s a Close Race for CEO Support, Too," 28 Oct. 2020 Meet Baby, a 3-year-old West Highland White Terrier who sings when his owners squeak his toys. cleveland, "See Best Pet Halloween Costume photo entries for animals named Abby through Coco," 21 Oct. 2020 Some users complain about having their legitimate reviews flagged or seeing unreliable reviews squeak through the algorithms. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "How to avoid falling victim to fake reviews when shopping," 19 Oct. 2020 Watch the National Zoo's panda cub crawl and squeak in his cutest moments so far. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "Trump card pulled on stimulus bill," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But as the Minnesota season got closer, the lure of the whistle and the squeak of basketball shoes on a gym floor became stronger and harder to resist. Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, "Departures, safety concerns ripple through ranks of Minnesota high school basketball officials," 15 Feb. 2021 On the same day, Kentucky survived a late onside kick to squeak past Vanderbilt at home. Christopher Smith, al, "Bet on Alabama to shred Kentucky as a big favorite," 16 Nov. 2020 And there was not a squeak out of Washington about this. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "2020 election: What is America's global role? (audio)," 14 Oct. 2020 The tiny cub couldn’t get much more than a squeak out when she was found by two firefighters near Idyllwild last month. Cheri Carlson, USA TODAY, "In California: Father describes frantic search for wife, daughter lost in a wildfire," 9 Oct. 2020 The policemen’s conversation kept coming through, as did the drunken shouts, the squeak of shoes on the floor, the wheeze of an automatic door, the slap of a hand on the button that opened it, the knock of a bed against it. Timothy Snyder, The New York Review of Books, "What Ails America," 3 Sep. 2020 Mics will pick up every grunt, every sneaker squeak, every fruitless appeal to the referees. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The NBA returns tonight, and it’ll look like nothing you’ve seen before," 30 July 2020 On his screen in Beijing, the Lyon living room shook violently, and in the speakers, his own squeaks sounded hysterical and metallic. New York Times, "‘Little Eyes,’ by Samanta Schweblin: An Excerpt," 5 May 2020 On Friday in Las Vegas, Jon Yarrow stood amidst what are fast-becoming rare sounds: the squeak of basketball sneakers, the shrill blast of a referee’s whistle and cheering from the fans. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Native Americans find 'escape' from coronavirus fears with basketball," 15 Mar. 2020

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

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Last Updated

8 Feb 2021

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“Squeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeak. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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squeak

verb

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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