[ 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

creak·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

creak creek croak Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for creak

British Dictionary definitions for creak


/ (kriːk) /


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

Derived Forms

creaky, adjectivecreakily, adverbcreakiness, nouncreakingly, adverb

Word Origin for creak

C14: variant of croak, of imitative origin
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