- to make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound.
- to move with creaking.
- to cause to creak.
- a creaking sound.
Origin of creak
Related Words for creaksqueak, screech, groan, sound, scratch, scrape, rasp, crepitate, squeal, chirr
Examples from the Web for creak
Historical Examples of creak
It was no louder than a whisper from without—the creak of a board.Way of the Lawless
At every step the old boards seemed to creak as though in pain.The Inn at the Red Oak
He listened but heard only the gurgle of the Vulcan's wake and the creak of her plates.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The doors of the hansom opened with a creak and banged back on their spring.The Christian
With this he leaned over the bed, and there was a creak of the spring mattress.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- to make or cause to make a harsh squeaking sound
- (intr) to make such sounds while movingthe old car creaked along
- a harsh squeaking sound
Word Origin for 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.