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
II. noun Date: 1604 a rasping or grating noise

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  • 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

  • creak — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ loud ▪ slight VERB + CREAK ▪ give ▪ The gate gave a loud creak as he pushed it open. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • Creak — This is of English locational origin from a place in Norfolk called Creake, recorded variously as Creic, Creich and Suthcreich in the Domesday Book of 1086. The latter refers to South Creak as distinct from North Creak. The name derives from the… …   Surnames reference

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