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squeaky

[skwee-kee] /ˈskwi ki/
adjective, squeakier, squeakiest.
1.
squeaking; tending to squeak:
His squeaky shoes could be heard across the lobby.
Origin of squeaky
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; squeak + -y1
Related forms
squeakily, adverb
squeakiness, noun
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  • His voice was squeaky and petulant, like that of a child who is suddenly forbidden a toy.

  • A squeaky voice screamed, "Confession or no confession, you are a police spy!"

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • The ironwork was squeaky and broken, the breaks repaired with strings.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • As she opened the squeaky screen-door he was clumping down the steps.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • A great explosion of squeaky French followed, a word or two of Italian.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
Word Origin and History for squeaky
adj.

1862, from squeak (n.) + -y (2). Squeaky clean in figurative sense is from 1972, probably from advertisements for dishwashing liquid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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