[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. crazy quilt,
  2. crazy top,
  3. crazyweed,
  4. crc,
  5. cre,
  6. creaky,
  7. cream,
  8. cream cheese,
  9. cream cracker,
  10. cream ice

Origin of creak

1275–1325; Middle English creken to croak, apparently back formation from Old English crǣcettan, variant of crācettan to croak

Related formscreak·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confusedcreak 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 Formscreaky, adjectivecreakily, adverbcreakiness, nouncreakingly, adverb

Word Origin for creak

C14: variant of croak, of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History 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.

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