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[skweek] /skwik/
a short, sharp, shrill cry; a sharp, high-pitched sound.
Informal. opportunity; chance:
their last squeak to correct the manuscript.
an escape from defeat, danger, death, or destruction (usually qualified by narrow or close).
verb (used without object)
to utter or emit a squeak or squeaky sound.
Slang. to confess or turn informer; squeal.
verb (used with object)
to utter or sound with a squeak or squeaks.
Verb phrases
squeak by/through, to succeed, survive, pass, win, etc., by a very narrow margin:
They can barely squeak by on their income. The team managed to squeak through.
Origin of squeak
1350-1400; Middle English squeken, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Swedish skväka to croak
Related forms
squeakingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for squeak
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  • You can "squeak" over them if you happen to strike the channel.

    Le Petit Nord Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • Some rats in the wall began to fight and bite each other, and squeak and scramble.

    Sara Crewe Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • And this I vow, that if again you squeak I will have you tried as being an abettor of this treason.'

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • There was a squeak—the first sound they had heard—from the wounded monster.

  • There was more argument, and, after a time, the rattle and buzz and squeak began again.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for squeak


a short shrill cry or high-pitched sound
(informal) an escape (esp in the phrases narrow squeak, near squeak)
to make or cause to make a squeak
(intransitive; usually foll by through or by) to pass with only a narrow margin: to squeak through an examination
(intransitive) (informal) to confess information about oneself or another
(transitive) to utter with a squeak
Derived Forms
squeaker, noun
squeaky, adjective
squeakily, adverb
squeakiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish skväka to croak
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Word Origin and History for squeak

late 14c., probably of imitative origin, similar to Middle Swedish skväka "to squeak, croak." Related: Squeaked; squeaking. The noun is from 1660s; sense of "narrow escape" is from 1822.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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squeak in Technology
["Squeak: A Language for Communicating with Mice", L. Cardelli et al, Comp Graphics 19(3):199-204, July 1985].
See Newsqueak.
2. A Smalltalk implementation and a media authoring tool by members of the original Xerox PARC team which created Smalltalk (Alan Kay, Dan Ingalls, et al). Squeak is an open-source implementation, with a highly portable virtual machine implemented in a subset of Smalltalk (translated into C and compiled by a C compiler of the target platform).
Squeak Home (
SqueakCentral (
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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