\ 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

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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 Arapahoe Basin narrowly squeaked out a win against formidable foe Copper Mountain. The Know Staff, The Know, "Colorado’s top 4 ski areas battle in the semifinals of the ultimate ski area championship," 16 Dec. 2019 The Sooners beat No. 7 Baylor to take home the Big 12 Championship last week and squeak into the playoffs. Alicia Kortendick, al, "College Football Playoff: LSU vs. Oklahoma | Get tickets, plan travel to Atlanta and how to watch the game," 12 Dec. 2019 Most smaller independent theaters are already just squeaking by. Washington Post, "The small-town movie house braces for an unexpected threat," 27 Nov. 2019 The teams played back in Week 2 with the Texans squeaking out a 13-12 win at NRG Stadium. Houston Chronicle Sports, Houston Chronicle, "Gameday Live: Texans vs. Jaguars in London," 3 Nov. 2019 Senior Quinn Kindbom, an Indiana University commit, fired a shot off a corner insert from Ashlee Buscher that was nicked by the Indians’ goalkeeper but squeaked into the cage. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "River Hill field hockey advances to 3A semifinals with win over Franklin," 2 Nov. 2019 After squeaking out a 13-12 win at Grand Junction last week, the Eagles have some work to do to jump-start their offense. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "8 Colorado prep football games to watch in Week 9," 24 Oct. 2019 In 2016, Hillary Clinton squeaked out a win by a mere 1.5% in the state. CBS News, "Trump rallies supporters in Minneapolis in first event since impeachment inquiry," 11 Oct. 2019 Like Tramontina, much of Wisconsin’s manufacturing operations and workforce are in rural areas, which, along with better-than-expected support in Milwaukee suburbs, helped Trump squeak out a win over Clinton. Los Angeles Times, "Manufacturing is now officially in recession, despite Trump’s vow to boost industry," 9 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rest of India, including the Supreme Court, offered barely a squeak of protest. The Economist, "Unite and rule India’s constitution helped sustain the world’s biggest democracy," 12 Dec. 2019 Slowly walk around the entire room, listening for any squeaks. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Steps for Installing Laminate Flooring," 8 Dec. 2019 CHARLEY WALTERS Vikings 27, Chargers 24: Vikings squeak by despite three TD passes from Chargers QB Philip Rivers, setting stage for their biggest game of season, Dec. 23 — a Monday night — against Packers in Minneapolis. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Vikings at Chargers picks: Philip Rivers, good or bad, will decide this one," 13 Dec. 2019 For people looking to get an extra squeak for their buck, signing up for a six- or 12-month contract will net a free double first box. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Get free dog toys with a new BarkBox subscription," 10 Dec. 2019 This would seem to be a gesture of Darwinian dominance—until, moments later, Succession’s camera finds Roman, tissue in hand, trying to wipe away the fluid, the glass emitting a series of high-pitched squeaks. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Why Succession Works So Well as Horror," 13 Oct. 2019 The dog recipient will enjoy a rousing game of hide-and-squeak! Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "20 gifts for those who love dogs more than people," 5 Nov. 2019 Sounds of sneaker squeaks and bouncing basketballs echoed down the otherwise hollow tunnel. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Courtney Ramey provides the motor — and mouth — Texas needs," 1 Nov. 2019 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

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

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27 Dec 2019

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“Squeak.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeaky. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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