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[kree-kee] /ˈkri ki/
adjective, creakier, creakiest.
creaking or apt to creak:
a creaky stairway.
run-down; dilapidated:
a creaky shack.
Phonetics. (of the voice) produced by vibration of a small portion of the vocal cords while the arytenoid cartilages are held together, with little breath being released; laryngealized.
Origin of creaky
First recorded in 1825-35; creak + -y1
Related forms
creakily, adverb
creakiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In his creaky bed in the old boarding house, he again sought to think, but in vain.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Lovers now-a-days are much too middle-aged, and their joints are creaky.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Then your Father jumped up and walked hard on the creaky floor.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Mr Verloc heard the creaky plank in the floor, and was content.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • I knocked and entered so sharply that the door-bolt, a thin, creaky old thing, gave way.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Then he shaped with his mouth to use that and not the stairs, for the stairs were creaky.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • The expression tickled him into a creaky, croaky sort of laugh.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
Word Origin and History for creaky

1834, from creak + -y (2). Related: Creakily; creakiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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