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[kreek] /krik/
verb (used without object)
to make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound.
to move with creaking.
verb (used with object)
to cause to creak.
a creaking sound.
Origin of creak
1275-1325; Middle English creken to croak, apparently back formation from Old English crǣcettan, variant of crācettan to croak
Related forms
creakingly, adverb
Can be confused
creak, creek, croak. Unabridged
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  • creaks and cracks and rustlings mysterious and unexplainable.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This cottage rattles and creaks, and when the wind blows, it comes in through every chink.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • A thing that creaks is not standing still and gathering mildew.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
  • It is hanging on the sands—how it creaks and sways in the wind!

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle
  • We had heard lots of creaks already, but somehow this one startled us both.

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
  • That door”—she pointed to the door by which she had entered—“creaks horribly.

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
  • For all her wrinkles and creaks, what a fine vessel she was for the power, to be sure!

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • The great sign at the top of the hotel swings and creaks and groans.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for creaks


to make or cause to make a harsh squeaking sound
(intransitive) to make such sounds while moving: the old car creaked along
a harsh squeaking sound
Derived Forms
creaky, adjective
creakily, adverb
creakiness, noun
creakingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: variant of croak, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for creaks



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for creaks



To show signs of wear; be near collapse: indications that their marriages are creaking (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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