creak


creak
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English creken to croak, of imitative origin Date: 1583 to make a prolonged grating or squeaking sound often as a result of being worn-out; also to proceed slowly with or as if with creaking wheels <
the story creaks along to a dull conclusion
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II. noun Date: 1604 a rasping or grating noise

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  • creak´i|ly — creak|y «KREE kee», adjective, creak|i|er, creak|i|est. likely to creak; creaking: »creaky floors, creaky hinges. A creaky ride in a venerable elevator brings one to the fourth floor laboratory (Harper s). –creak´i|ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • creak|y — «KREE kee», adjective, creak|i|er, creak|i|est. likely to creak; creaking: »creaky floors, creaky hinges. A creaky ride in a venerable elevator brings one to the fourth floor laboratory (Harper s). –creak´i|ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • Creak — (kr[=e]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Creaked} (kr[=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Creaking}.] [OE. creken, prob. of imitative origin; cf. E. crack, and. D. krieken to crackle, chirp.] To make a prolonged sharp grating or squeaking sound, as by the friction… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creak — creak·i·ly; creak·ing·ly; creak; …   English syllables

  • Creak — Creak, v. t. To produce a creaking sound with. [1913 Webster] Creaking my shoes on the plain masonry. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Creak — (kr[=e]k), n. The sound produced by anything that creaks; a creaking. Roget. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creak — [kri:k] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: From the sound] if something such as a door, wooden floor, old bed, or stair creaks, it makes a long high noise when someone opens it, walks on it, sits on it etc ▪ The floorboards creaked as she walked across… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • creak — early 14c., utter a harsh cry, of imitative origin. Used of the sound made by a rusty gate hinge, etc., from 1580s. Related: Creaked; creaking. As a noun, from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • creak — [v] grind, grate with high noise chirr, crepitate, groan, rasp, scrape, scratch, screech, sound, squeak, squeal; concepts 65,186,215 …   New thesaurus

  • creak — ► VERB 1) make a harsh high pitched sound when being moved or when pressure is applied. 2) show weakness or frailty under strain. ► NOUN ▪ a creaking sound. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • creak — [krēk] vi. [ME creken, to make a sound like geese, crows, etc.; echoic var. of croken: see CROAK] 1. to make a harsh, shrill, grating, or squeaking sound, as rusted hinges do 2. to move slowly with or as with such a sound n. such a sound …   English World dictionary


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